Man Armed With Loaded Gun Who Takes Pot Shot At Ex-Partner's Home Is Facing Jail
ARMED with a loaded handgun, distraught Shane Stevens took a pot shot at his ex-partner s home and smashed a kitchen window as their five-year-old daughter slept upstairs. Stevens had been crying his eyes out before he grabbed the gun from the back of h
ARMED with a loaded handgun, distraught Shane Stevens took a pot shot at his ex-partner's home and smashed a kitchen window as their five-year-old daughter slept upstairs.
Stevens had been "crying his eyes out" before he grabbed the gun from the back of his car and fired the weapon.
The 38-year-old toured Haddenham until he tracked down Stephanie Stevens' home, and then used the gun.
"I really wanted to hurt her, not physically but mentally," Stevens explained to police.
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Stevens and his former partner separated five years ago, following an 11 year relationship, prosecutor Laura Mardell told Ely magistrates.
On June 17 Ms Stevens heard a loud bang that sounded like a brick coming through the window.
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"Her 18-year-old son was in the kitchen at the front of the house, and told her the kitchen window was broken," added Miss Mardell.
"Stevens had driven round the village with a loaded shotgun in the car and then discharged the weapon."
Thirty-eight-year-old Stevens, of Orchard Estate, Little Downham, admitted possessing a loaded shotgun and ammunition in Hop Row, Haddenham, and causing criminal damage.
Mitigating, Guy Holland said the pistol was legitimately held, and did not require a firearms certificate.
"It is a leisure use pistol, the sort that can be bought legitimately from sports stores," he added.
"My client bought the gun two or three days before the incident for �70, the gas and ball bearings were supplied with it."
Sending Stevens to Cambridge Crown Court for sentencing, presiding magistrate Sue Griffin said: "You fired in a reckless way at the house, with your ex-partner and child inside, they must have been in great fear, and must still be in great fear of you.
"In our view you should serve a prison sentence of more than six months.