Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Gun fanatic' shot neighbour in the shoulder in drunken row before taking his dog for a walk

Richard Vernalls

Published 20/02/2016 | 12:33

John Kingscott, a 62-year-old gun warden at a shooting club, who has been jailed for 16 years at Birmingham Crown Court after shooting and wounding his neighbour after a drunken row on Valentine's Day last year
John Kingscott, a 62-year-old gun warden at a shooting club, who has been jailed for 16 years at Birmingham Crown Court after shooting and wounding his neighbour after a drunken row on Valentine's Day last year
Undated West Midlands Police handout photos of the arsenal of more than 30 weapons - some illegally held - and over 10,000 rounds of ammunition found in the home of gun fanatic John Kingscott, after police raided his home following a shooting in Birmingham

A "gun fanatic" who shot his neighbour in the shoulder after a drunken row before returning home to walk his dog has been jailed for 16 years.

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John Kingscott tussled with the man in an alleyway after both had separately been out drinking on Valentine's Day last year.

Undated West Midlands Police handout photos of the arsenal of more than 30 weapons - some illegally held - and over 10,000 rounds of ammunition found in the home of gun fanatic John Kingscott, after police raided his home following a shooting in Birmingham
Undated West Midlands Police handout photos of the arsenal of more than 30 weapons - some illegally held - and over 10,000 rounds of ammunition found in the home of gun fanatic John Kingscott, after police raided his home following a shooting in Birmingham

Kingscott, who was a warden at a Birmingham gun club, came off worst and went home where he retrieved a Smith & Wesson revolver before returning to the scene.

He fired at the 25-year-old victim Ben Milligan and missed, but the second shot hit his neighbour in the shoulder, leaving the man badly hurt.

Afterwards, 62-year-old Kingscott returned home and walked his dog, according to West Midlands Police.

When armed police caught up with the gun collector at his home in Ambleside, Bartley Green, Birmingham, they uncovered an arsenal of more than 30 guns, of which only eight were illegally-held.

A search of the home found one of the guns on top of a fridge, another in a jacket pocket and a third in his bed.

In addition, firearms licence-holder Kingscott had about 10,000 rounds of ammunition for weapons including AK47 assault rifles.

Explosives and bullet-making equipment were also discovered in the "skilled armourer's" shed, said detectives.

At his Birmingham Crown Court trial in December, Kingscott was cleared of attempted murder but admitted grievous bodily harm and possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.

He was jailed on Friday for 11 years for wounding with intent, and was handed a five-year consecutive prison term for having the illegal guns.

Detective Inspector Paul Joyce said: "Kingscott was a gun fanatic and clearly a skilled armourer who had the technical knowledge, and all relevant equipment, to manufacture ammunition.

"He was not known to the police and, in his own head, he was not doing anything wrong in owning this stash of firearms, despite many being illegal and not covered by his gun licence.

"But the danger was highlighted in the early hours of February 14 last year. He lost his temper following a scuffle, went home to pick up one of his many guns, and shot a man in the shoulder."

The illegal weapons included a Smith & Wesson revolver, a 9mm Luger pistol, a Saint-Etienne bolt-action rifle, self-loading and semi-automatic pistols, and a sawn-off shotgun.

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