Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

OAP Facing Jail

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

OAP Facing Jail

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Byline: By Garry Willey

A gun-toting pensioner wounded when he brandished a revolver in a busy pub has been warned he faces jail.

Patrick Collins went armed with the weapon to meet rival Andrew Huntley, at the JD Wetherspoon pub, in Hexham.

Stunned regulars wrestled the 67-year-old to the ground when they saw the gun.

The revolver went off in the struggle, leaving Collins himself needing hospital treatment for an injury to his left hand.

Now the pensioner may face prison after admitting possessing the weapon with intent to cause Mr Huntley fear of violence and possession of a prohibited firearm.

Judge David Hodson, at Newcastle Crown Court, adjourned sentence for reports to be prepared by both a psychiatrist and probation officer.

But he remanded Collins, of Blackhill Farm House, Sandhoe, near Hexham, in custody.

And he warned him: "The fact the court is ordering these reports does not indicate the nature of the sentence you will receive. …

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