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Man jailed for pressing gun against woman's head

Dundee Sheriff Court
Image caption Dundee Sheriff Court was told the victims believed Ross Jackson had a real gun

A man who pressed the barrel of a pistol against a woman's head when she asked him for a lift home has been jailed for 14 months.

Ross Jackson claimed the incident was a practical joke but the "terrified" woman and her friend believed the imitation firearm was a real gun.

Jackson, 25, admitted a charge of assault on 10 June in Dundee's Court Street.

His solicitor said the incident was "misjudged and ill-conceived".

Dundee Sheriff Court was told Rebecka Kean and Anna Moir had gone to Jackson's home after being told there was a party there.

When they arrived, Jackson told them there was no party and got into a friend's car.

When Ms Kean approached the car to ask for a lift home, Jackson rolled down the window and pulled a black, long-barrelled handgun from the pocket of his jumper.

'Frightening experience'

Depute fiscal Vicki Bell told a previous court hearing: "He then removed it and put the barrel onto Miss Kean's forehead.

"She could feel cold metal. The accused and the car's driver began laughing."

Ms Bell said that Jackson swore at the women before pointing the pistol at Ms Moir then back to Ms Kean.

The fiscal said: "She was terrified and froze as it was pointed.

"She was crying and saying she couldn't breathe.

"Miss Moir was physically sick as a result. They both believed it was a real handgun."

Solicitor advocate Jim Laverty, defending, said: "This was a prank which was misjudged, ill-conceived and he now appreciates caused significant fear and alarm.

"He concedes that what he saw as a prank and a joke wasn't taken that way and must have been a frightening experience for the two individuals concerned."

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael told Jackson: "You have had the benefit of all kinds of non-custodial disposals and they have failed.

"I see no reason to think that another community-based sentence will have any effect."

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