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Pellet gun thug jailed for shooting man in face while children were in house

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 23/06/2016

A Belfast man who shot another man in the face with a pellet gun while the victim's two young children were in the house has been jailed
A Belfast man who shot another man in the face with a pellet gun while the victim's two young children were in the house has been jailed

A Belfast man who shot another man in the face with a pellet gun while the victim's two young children were in the house has been jailed.

Jonathan Graham-Orr, from Beechill Park Avenue, was handed a four-and-a-half year sentence after he appeared at Belfast Crown Court on two offences arising from the incident.

The 30-year-old admitted possessing a firearm or imitation gun with intent to cause fear of violence and of wounding the man he shot.

The court heard that as a result of being shot several times in the face, the injured party had a tooth knocked out and also required plastic surgery to remove pellets from skin. His children, aged two and four, were at home when he was shot by Graham-Orr.

The defendant was informed that he would spend half his sentence in jail, with the remainder spent on supervised licence when he is released from prison. Judge Gordon Kerr QC also extended the licence period by a further 12 months after he told the court: "This man has both the capacity and capability to act in a way that is a danger to the community."

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