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Man jailed for 10 months for brandishing imitation Glock pistol

Laganside Court in Belfast

A MAN who threatened to blow up another man outside a Belfast hostel whilst brandishing an imitation Glock pistol has been jailed for 10 months.

Charles Christopher Maginn (39) admitted three offences committed on May 21, 2019 - namely possessing a prohibited weapon, and both assaulting and threatening to kill a man.

On that date the defendant, from Summerhill Drive in Dunmurry, was caught on CCTV outside a hostel on University Street.

Maginn - who Judge Stephen Fowler QC described as "under the influence of intoxicants" - was there to visit a relative.

Whilst outside the hostel, he encountered two men and an altercarion ensued. During this, Maginn threatened to blow up one of the men whilst brandishing what appeared to be an imitation 9mm blank firing pistol.

Police were called and upon their arrival, Maginn was arrested.

As he sentenced Maginn, who appeared at Belfast Crown Court via videolink with Maghaberry, Judge Fowler said the defendant was "a man who has not had his sorrows to seek".

This, the Belfast Recorder said, was due to "the instabilities in his life and the difficulties he has faced in relation to addictions."

Judge Fowler said he imposing the greater term on Probation to allow Maginn to address these issues.

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