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Man jailed for pointing stun gun at teenagers - Clacton

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A 49-year-old man has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment after he brandished a stun gun at a group of teenage girls.

On Friday 8 September last year, John Garrett, of no fixed address, waved the weapon at the girls at Clacton station. When officers arrived, he was arrested.

Two days later, on Monday 11 September, Garrett approached two of the girls when he saw them at the same station. He threatened them and shouted at them, leaving them feeling intimidated and scared.

Garrett was arrested again on the same day and, on 13 April at Ipswich Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to:

  • Possession of a concealed firearm
  • Possession of a sharply pointed blade or instrument
  • Affray
  • Witness intimidation

Investigating officer Det Con Alan Reed said: “The brandishing and activation of a stun gun towards a child is abhorrent and to then approach them again, knowing they had reported the matter, compounds the offences.

“I want to commend the victim in reporting what happened, which led to Garrett’s arrest and conviction.”

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