Milton Keynes man jailed for 'horrifying' intimidation involving fake firearm
A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced after pleading guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Adam Curtis, aged 48, of Shackleton Place, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, will spend more than three years in jail.
He was convicted of possessing an imitation firearm at Amersham Crown Court yesterday (April 14).
Curtis submitted his guilty plea at a hearing in the same court on Tuesday 16 February and has now been jailed for three years and two months.
Yesterday, Curtis was also handed an indefinite restraining order against the victim.
The incident took place at approximately 9pm on 19 September 2020, when Curtis confronted the victim outside her home he began verbally abusing her from across the street.
Curtis then proceeded to brandish what the victim believed to be a real firearm and began threatening her with it, resulting in the victim fearing for her life.
A weapon was located by officers outside of Curtis’ property, which was later determined to be an imitation firearm.
He was charged with the offence on 20 September 2020.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Serena Bellis of Milton Keynes CID, said: “This was an unprovoked and horrifying incident that happened to a young woman who was simply trying to defuse a situation that was getting out of control within her local area.
“She genuinely feared for her life, believing the weapon she was being threatened with was real and that she would be shot. This has significantly affected the victim since, but she has showed immense courage coming forward and giving evidence, resulting in a positive outcome.
“We will never tire to bring those to justice who seek to place other people in fear, and Curtis will now serve a custodial sentence as a result of his criminal activity.”