Mid Wales

Machynlleth air rifle shooter David Cornell jailed

David Cornell Image copyright Dyfed-Powys Police
Image caption David Cornell had a history of violence before the shooting

A man who used his air rifle to shoot New Year's Eve revellers in Powys has been jailed for five years.

David Cornell of Machynlleth admitted wounding and weapon possession charges at Mold Crown Court.

The court heard the 27-year-old was "out of his mind through drink and drugs" when he shot three people out of his flat window on 31 December, 2015.

One of his victims suffered a potentially life-threatening injury and had to undergo emergency surgery.

Judge Niclas Parry said Cornell's behaviour "beggars belief" and described his actions as "a terrifying incident on a busy night."

Ryan Briwant-Evans was making his way past the clock tower in the town centre when he felt a sharp pain to his side.

He spoke to Mark Evans and Phil Roberts about what happened and they too were shot by Cornell.

Mr Briwant-Evans was taken to hospital where he was found to be bleeding internally. Surgery revealed the lead pellet had made its way between his ribs towards his lung.

Prosecutor Emmalyne Downing said: "It could have been fatal."

Oliver King, defending, said his client's remorse was genuine and he appreciated how serious one of the injuries was.