Man jailed for 23 years for attempted murder

06/11/2017

A 26-year-old male has today been jailed for a total of 23 years at Warwick Crown Court for attempted murder, possession of a firearm and possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply.

On 1 June 2017, Joe Austwick drove to a property in the Canley area of Coventry to visit his ex-partner. An argument followed which resulted in the defendant returning to his car to pick up a handgun. As she was heading back to the property, she heard a click and on turning around she saw the defendant holding a gun.

A neighbour also heard the argument whilst she was having lunch with her children. She went into her kitchen to close the window and saw the defendant with a gun. Austwick looked directly at her and pointed the gun in her direction. She instinctively dropped to the floor and heard a gun being fired. A bullet was found embedded in her kitchen wall. The defendant then drove off from the scene.

That evening police raided Austwick’s property and officers recovered over 150 bags of cannabis. He surrendered to the police five days later.

The defendant pleaded guilty and was sentenced to the following:

  • One count of attempted murder - 18 years' imprisonment with an extended licence for five years
  • Two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear - 14 years' imprisonment to be served concurrently
  • One count of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life - 12 years' imprisonment to be served concurrently
  • One count of possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply - six years' imprisonment to be served concurrently

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: "The Crown Prosecution Service and our partners in the criminal justice system are working together to robustly prosecute those who carry or use any form of illegal firearms.

"Joe Austwick initially denied being responsible for discharging the firearm in this case, however, after presenting all of the available evidence, the defendant had no choice but to plead guilty to the charges put to him.

"He will now have to deal with the consequences of his actions."