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Boy, 11, convicted of firearms offence in Derby flees country

South Derbyshire Magistrates' Youth Court Image copyright Google
Image caption Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Youth Court heard the boy, who was 10 at the time of the offence, pointed the air pistol at a man and a woman while verbally abusing them

An 11-year-old boy who pointed an air pistol at two people before firing at a parked car has fled the country before he could be sentenced.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 10 when he fired the weapon on a Derby street last August.

He was found guilty of possessing an imitation firearm and a public order offence in April but failed to appear in court.

Police believe the boy is now living in his birth country, the Czech Republic.

Derbyshire Police confirmed officers were unable to find the boy, and that it had received information about the boy's location two months ago.

'Screaming abuse'

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Youth Court had heard how the two victims, a man and a woman, had met on the day to discuss the problems they had been having with the then 10-year-old.

They told the court he pointed the weapon at them, while verbally abusing them, before firing it at a car parked across the street.

The woman said she had "never felt as vulnerable" and that the boy was "blasé" after he had fired the pellets.

Police were called and the boy was taken away "kicking, screaming abuse and crying".

A firearms expert confirmed the gun was a "Chinese made, 6mm, plastic pellet firing, soft air pistol" which was coloured blue and in "normal working order".

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