North West Wales

Cynwyd firearm siege man Ciaran Morris jailed for 14 months

Armed police dealt with the incident Image copyright denbighshire free press
Image caption Armed police were called to the scene

An armed man who was involved in a ten-hour stand-off with police has been jailed for 14 months.

Ciaran Thomas Morris, 22, pointed an air pistol at police and threatened to shoot during the siege in Cynwyd near Corwen, Denbighshire, on 25 March.

Mold Crown Court heard the situation developed after Morris had an argument with his mother and brother.

He got concurrent terms of 14 months after admitting possessing a firearm and affray.

Morris barricaded himself into the property overnight and pointed a pistol out of a bedroom window at police, with the area cordoned off and armed officers called.

Prosecutor Anna Pope said he shouted "I will shoot you" continually at officers and threatened to jump out of the window.

'Selfish and irrational'

The court heard the siege continued overnight and into the following morning, with neighbours told to remain indoors while a local school closed.

Morris continued waving what appeared to be a pistol at police and threw a bottle and computer tower from his bedroom window.

Officers eventually forced their way into the house and over-powered him.

Judge Niclas Parry told Morris, who had no previous convictions, that his behaviour was "selfish and irrational".

Defending Elen Owen said Morris had acted in a "foolish and immature" way following an argument with his mother.

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