Intoxicated gun hoaxer sentenced to two years six months for brandishing imitation firearm
A food factory worker from Hull has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years at Hull Crown Court today for possession of an imitation firearm with an intent to cause fear of violence.
Andrejs Saveljevs (35) terrified passers-by in Hessle Road, Hull, in the early hours of 15 December 2019, when he was seen aiming the gun at a member of the public. He was also seen pointing the weapon to the ground and pulling the trigger and appeared unsteady on his feet, as if intoxicated.
Other witnesses reported they had seen Saveljevs leaning against railings, brandishing the firearm in the air.
Armed officers were quickly called to the scene, but when challenged, Saveljevs lifted his arm and pointed the gun straight at the officer as if to shoot. The officer, believing his life to be in imminent danger, shot Saveljevs, who was injured in the shoulder and taken to hospital.
On examination, the weapon was found to be an imitation firearm.
Jeremy Evans from the CPS said: “Saveljevs’ immensely stupid actions caused considerable alarm and distress to various members of the public, who were not to know that the apparently lethal weapon he was brandishing was in fact, an imitation firearm.
“As a result, a police armed response unit was mobilised. He has now been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. This is a clear indication that this type of criminality is taken very seriously and will be investigated and prosecuted robustly.”
Notes to editors
- Andrejs Saveljevs date of birth: 25 June 1984
- Jeremy Evans is a Crown Advocate with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside