Gunman held BB pistol to woman’s chin

Daniel McGhee held this gas-powered BB gun against his friend's chin after a night of drinking. He has been handed a suspended prison sentence at Portsmouth Crown Court. Picture: CPS Wessex PPP-170703-150109001
Daniel McGhee held this gas-powered BB gun against his friend's chin after a night of drinking. He has been handed a suspended prison sentence at Portsmouth Crown Court. Picture: CPS Wessex PPP-170703-150109001

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A NIGHT out ended in terror when a reveller held a BB gun to his pal’s chin and said: ‘This is what I wanted to do.’

Daniel McGhee was out with friends in Emma’s nightclub in High Street, Gosport, when he invited three friends back to his flat.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Gemma Rowe, Hannah Bradshaw and Selina 
Pout were having an enjoyable night at the 28-year-old’s flat.

But at 6am Ms Pout’s husband Alan came to pick her up – and McGhee went and sat on his bed in his bedroom.

As Ms Rowe and Ms Bradshaw went to comfort him, he pulled out a silver gas-powered BB gun and held it to Ms Rowe’s chin.

Kelly Brocklehurst, prosecuting, said: ‘McGhee pulled out the imitation handgun, a very realistic handgun, places it to Gemma’s chin and makes a comment about “this is what I wanted to do to Alan Pout, I could’ve ended him I could’ve shot him”.

‘Clearly that causes Gemma and Hannah some upset.’

Terrified, they fled the flat, while McGhee – known as Pinky – leant out a window shouting sorry to them.

In a victim statement Ms Rowe said: ‘I was petrified, I thought it was a real gun.’

After the incident he told her it was fake but Ms Bradshaw thought it was real.

‘Pinky held out his little finger to do a pinky promise, I made a joke out of that,’ Ms Rowe’s statement added.

The court heard he had no animosity toward Mr Pout.

Mitigating, Roderick Blain said: ‘He tends to be a bit of a joker, on this occasion it seems to have no real malice but what he did was certainly not funny.

‘Due to alcohol he possibly that it might have been but we don’t know what thought were in his minds.’

When police arrested McGhee in the early hours of September 11, 2016, they found two knives, two pistols including silver BB gun and two air rifles, all legally owned.

Recorder Christine Agnew QC spared him jail after hearing he was remorseful.

Sentencing him to eight months in prison suspended for a year, she said: ‘What you did was terrifying and enormously irresponsible.

‘Those two women were petrified, believing as they did that the gun was real.

‘It’s difficult to know exactly what was going through your head at that time.’

She added: ‘You appear to have an inappropriate attitude towards weapons.’

McGhee admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He must complete 15 days of rehabilitation activities, 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £350 costs. The gun will be destroyed.

Mr Blain added McGhee was a member of a group called Gosport Random Acts of Kindness and he did work.

‘He doesn’t really have a bad bone in his body,’ Mr Blain said.