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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 April, 2004, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Mother jailed for pub gun threat
Cardiff Crown Court
The court heard the pub was packed with people playing in a pool tournament
A mother has been jailed at Cardiff Crown Court for going after her teenage son with a gun when he failed to turn up for Sunday lunch.

Paula Williams, 37, was furious with her son Gareth after she spent the morning cooking the roast.

Williams went looking for 18-year-old Gareth at a local pub in Nantyglo, near Ebbw Vale, where a pool competition was going on.

She was jailed for two years after admitting possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

Sunday lunchtime drinkers at the Golden Lion dived for cover as the housewife held up the bar but Gareth was not there.

She accepted it was an act of quite enormous stupidity
Leighton Hughes, prosecuting

Prosecutor Leighton Hughes said: "Gareth had agreed to go to his mother's for lunch on that Sunday. But when he didn't turn up Williams went out looking for him."

Mr Hughes said: "She drew a silver handgun from the waistband of her trousers. She held it for several minutes and said: 'I'm going to kill him.'"

"Williams then left the pub and went to her parents' home where she found Gareth. She confronted him and said: 'I've just pulled this gun on someone and showed him the replica Magnum.'"

The court heard drinkers at the Golden Lion called police and an armed response unit turned up at Williams' home.

Armed police later swooped on Williams' home and seized a replica Desert Eagle .44 Magnum pistol, used by the Israeli army.

Mr Hughes said: "Williams told the police she had been drinking and her actions were intended as a joke.

Judge John Griffith Williams QC told her: "It must be understood that the possession of an imitation firearm will not be tolerated. It is a matter of real and continuing concern to the public and calls for deterrent sentences."




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