Drunk thug threatened to shoot PC

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A BINGE-drinking teenager who threatened to kill a policeman during a disturbance has been locked up for a year.

Luke Maughan pointed his fingers in the shape of a gun and put his right hand in the pocket of his tracksuit bottoms and said to PC Alan Payne: “I’m going to blow you away.”

Three officers had to use force to restrain the 18-year-old who had been drinking heavily and had stopped taking medication to treat his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Prosecutor Louise Gallagher told Sheffield Crown Court PC Payne had gone to the Jaunty estate in Gleadless at 11pm on January 15 in his patrol car to question Maughan over a serious allegation which was later dropped.

He saw two of the defendant’s friends, got out, and asked them where Maughan was. They threatened him before Maughan turned up with a pal and started shouting and swearing at the policeman.

He made the shape of a gun with his hand and said: “I’m going to shut you up.”

Surrounded by four youths, the officer had to drive away for his own safety.

He drove to another part of the estate but as he got out of his car was confronted by Maughan wielding a large rock in each hand above his head and shouting: “I’m going to kill you.”

PC Payne drew his CS gas spray and radioed for help while Maughan, who was about eight feet away, threatened to “shoot him up”.

Two other officers arrived and Maughan backed off, dropped one of the rocks and made another gun sign before threatening to blow away PC Payne.

He was wrestled to the ground but no weapon was found. Maughan was arrested shouting: “You killed my dad. I’m going to get you shot.”

Maughan, of Jaunty Road, Gleadless, who has 26 previous convictions, admitted affray.

Judith Seaborne, defending, said being on remand had made a significant impact on him and he realised he had to change his ways.

Judge Michael Murphy sentneced Maughan to a year in a young offenders’ institution and told him: “You committed an offence of affray which involved threatening police officers with a gun.

“They can’t afford to ignore that. These days young men with too much beer do have guns. It can’t be right in a civilised society.”