Man jailed for pointing musket at cafe worker - Waltham Cross

23/02/2015

A half naked drunk, who pointed a musket at a cafe worker in Waltham Cross, said he was reenacting a duel scene from Stanley Kubrick's period drama film Barry Lyndon.

Angelo Puggioni, aged 35, had downed 10 pints of lager and had smoked cannabis when he knocked at the window of his flat to gain the attention of Ziaya Kockiri, who was opening up the Waltham Cross Cafe in the town's High Street.

Peter Shaw, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told St Albans Crown Court today, Monday, 23 February 2015, that Puggioni appeared without a top on, was shouting and holding the gun, which he moved and pointed at Mr Kockiri. His colleague Ali Cakan called the police as Puggioni came down from his flat, which was two doors away. He was still holding the imitation musket and again pointed it. In a struggle under the cafe's awning, Puggioni was pushed to the ground saying: "Joke. It is only a joke."

When the police arrived, Mr Kockiri told him: "I was pretty shaken up. I had never met him before."

In a police interview, Puggioni said he had been drinking since midday on the previous day. He said he loved the Oscar-winning Barry Lyndon film, which tells the story of the exploits of a fictional 18th-century Irish adventurer.  "In his head he said he was still in a movie and was in a duel with the man at the cafe. He said he went down to tell the man at the cafe it was a joke," said Mr Shaw.

Puggioni, now of Benthal Road, London, N16, pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence on the morning of Monday, 06 October last year. He had previous convictions for criminal damage and, in 2007, racially threatening behaviour.  A Nazi badge was found in a tin at his address when he was arrested for the imitation gun offence.

Defending, Thom Dyke said: "His behaviour was bizarre. He thought he was in a movie. He has a lengthy history of alcohol abuse and has been a user of heroin and crack.

Judge Andrew Bright QC jailed Puggioni for 12 months saying: "The message has to be sent out that those who use firearms, whether imitation or real, must face an immediate custodial sentence." He told him: "It was not a real gun, but it looks realistic from a distance. What you did was wholly inexcusable. Your intention was to frighten the living daylights out of those men. The public can expect protection from the courts from behaviour like this."

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