Grieving son jailed after lengthy Taser stand-off

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A GRIEVING son who developed mental health problems following his father’s death has been jailed after a four-hour police stand-off in which he barricaded himself in his bedroom with a Taser gun.

Craig Bertram had been a professional man who travelled the world with his job, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

However, following his father’s death, the 40-year-old he began suffering mental health problems - and on Wednesday, January 4, at about 8.40pm, police were called to his home in Edenthorpe Dell, Owlthorpe, after a domestic incident.

Susan Evans, prosecuting, said Bertram’s partner was concerned for her safety and his mental health.

She said: “She left the house and asked police to remove Bertram from their home.

“He refused to leave and was told he would be detained for breaching the peace.

“He barricaded himself in his bedroom.”

The court heard police negotiators were sent to the property and Bertram’s partner told officers he had a Taser in a bedside table.

He did not brandish the gun or threaten to harm anyone, and police offered to take him to a hotel to calm down.

After a four-hour stand-off, Bertram gave himself up.

Richard Jepson, for Bertram, who admitted possessing an offensive weapon, said he had bought the weapon in the street a few months beforehand and put it in a bedside drawer.

Mr Jepson said: “The Taser wasn’t charged, he didn’t have a charger for it, and there is no suggestion it was brandished at any point.

“Any threats he made were to harm himself.

“He found himself at a low ebb following the death of his father, stopped taking his medication and foolishly dabbled in steroids.”

Jailing him for five months, Judge Simon Lawler QC told Bertram: “Whether the Taser was charged or not doesn’t matter because the police were not to know that. I have no doubt it caused them a great deal of concern.

“It is a serious matter, but I have sympathy with your mental health problems.”