North West Wales

Llanfair PG siege gunman Kelvin Roberts jailed

An armed man who urged police to kill him during a three-hour siege at his Anglesey home has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard that Kelvin Roberts, 47, of Llanfair PG, had wanted them to shoot him and appeared to be crying on 25 September, 2010.

Roberts was sentenced after admitting possession of a .22 air rifle with intent to cause fear of violence.

The incident involved two police negotiators and a police helicopter.

Prosecutor Jayne La Grua said police received an emergency call from Roberts on the evening of 25 September and armed response officers went to his home.

He later told officers that he had been depressed for many years and had drunk a bottle of vodka.

Defence barrister Simon Rogers said the incident was "a desperate cry for help" from Roberts who had not fired or pointed the loaded air weapon at the officers.

He said: "Great credit goes to the manner in which the police conducted themselves that day and the restraint and bravery they showed during what must have been an extremely difficult operation."

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC told Roberts: "What you did was to create an extremely dangerous situation not only to yourself but to police officers which could have had serious if not fatal consequences."

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