Dawlish fake gun bus threat man jailed

A man who threatened to shoot a bus driver with a fake gun has been jailed after breaking his suspended sentence.

Mark Ellis, 37, from Henty Avenue, in Dawlish, in Devon, told passengers "maybe I should shoot the driver", Exeter Crown Court heard.

The threat followed a dispute with the driver onboard the bus in the resort.

Previously, Ellis admitted affray and received a suspended sentence which has been activated after he failed to comply with another order.

Ellis was jailed for 12 months by Judge Francis Gilbert.

'Troubling and frightening'

His sentence was activated after Ellis failed to comply with a drug rehabilitation order.

He also admitted breaking the suspended sentence by taking a car from a driveway in Dawlish, in February, and writing it off on the A379 to Teignmouth.

Ellis admitted the fresh offences of aggravated vehicle taking and driving with no insurance.

Mr David Bowen, prosecuting, said the offence on the bus, which took place in September, was "troubling and frightening" for passengers and the driver involved.

Mr Jeffery Sagen, defending, said Ellis deserved credit for admitting all the offences and for doing well during the first two months of his drug treatment order.

He said: "He would appear to have had a terrible lapse and started taking drugs again and it culminated in these offences."

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