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Prison term for airgun attacker
Walter Dalgleish
Dalgleish was aiming at children when he fired a single shot
A former guardsman who shot a woman with an air rifle fitted with telescopic sights has been jailed for 32 months at the High Court in Glasgow.

Walter Dalgleish, 22, had admitted assaulting Lisa Mannarn, 20, on December 15, 2004 in Edinburgh.

Lord McEwan described using a loaded firearm as "a very serious matter".

Dalgleish was aiming at a group of children when he shot Ms Mannarn, who had the pellet removed from her neck by a doctor at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

He admitted assault by discharging a loaded air rifle at her and hitting her on the neck with a pellet to her injury.

'Serious position'

Dalgleish served in the Scots Guards until his discharge from the army.

He was at the home of his then girlfriend in Pennywell Grove when he aimed the gun at children.

Ms Mannarn was standing beside them talking to her father when she was shot.

The gun used in the shooting was not recovered.

The court heard that Dalgleish went to England after the incident. He was arrested in May last year.

Ronnie Renucci, defending, said: "He fully appreciates the serious position he is in.

"However, this offence predates the Bonini trial and didn't happen following publicity about that case."

This was a reference to the case of Mark Bonini who shot dead toddler Andrew Morton, two, with an air rifle in Glasgow.

Bonini was jailed for life for murder.


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