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Man in court for Barra firearm incident

17 December 09 17:06 GMT

A man who allegedly threatened to shoot police officers with an air rifle on Barra has been remanded in custody.

John Christie, of Castlebay, Barra, faced 10 gun-related charges when he appeared in private at Stornoway Sheriff Court.

He was arrested following reports that a man had been seen with a gun in Castlebay at 1630 GMT on Wednesday.

Mr Christie, 24, made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

He is accused of stealing an air rifle from a house at Horve, brandishing it at police constables and repeatedly threatening to shoot them.

Resisting arrest

The allegations also include two charges of assaulting individual police constables and threatening to fire the weapon on them.

He faces a further charge of having the rifle with intent to commit a robbery.

It is also alleged Mr Christie frightened people by possessing the weapon in public, and brandished it towards members of the public near the old fire station in the town.

Mr Christie is accused of resisting arrest as well as a charge of having the rifle while struggling with police.

It is alleged the incidents all occurred while he was on bail.

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