Dad’s ‘Raoul Moat’ threats

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A DESPERATE dad rang his sister and told her he would get a gun and shoot her in a “Raoul Moat-type scenario” unless he could see his son, a court heard.

Andrew Gibson, aged 39, narrowly escaped an immediate jail term after he threatened to get a gun to kill estranged partner Ann Rowley and told his sister Tracey Rooney he would shoot her too.

Louise Gallagher, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said Gibson turned to drugs and alcohol following the breakdown of his relationship with Miss Rowley because he was unable to bear not seeing his son.

Gibson, of Ferras Road, Tinsley, Sheffield, bombarded both women with threatening telephone calls and text messages.

When his partner changed her numbers he targeted his sister, who was still in touch with Miss Rowley.

Miss Gallagher said: “There were texts suggesting that he would engage in a ‘Raoul Moat- type scenario’. Your honour will be familiar with the incidents in the North East last year.”

Moat, 37, from Newcastle upon Tyne, armed himself with a sawn-off shotgun last summer and shot three people two days after his release from jail.

He injured his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, killed her new partner Chris Brown and blinded police officer David Rathband before killing himself.

Miss Gallagher said Gibson and Miss Rowley’s relationship broke down last March.

Devastated at being unable to see their son, he began drinking, taking drugs and bombarding her with threatening telephone calls and text messages.

In November when he went to her home in Lytham St Anne’s to collect his son, he told her: “It is my aim in life to make sure that he never has another dad.

“I will harm you and whoever else is involved.”

She called police but despite being given an oral warning, Gibson told officers he would continue to harass his ex-partner until he could see his son.

When Miss Rowley changed phone numbers Gibson called her at the hotel where she worked and was abusive to other staff.

Miss Gallagher said: “In one call he said ‘I’m on my way to St Anne’s with a gun’.”

The court heard Tracey Rooney said her brother was suicidal and had been abusing drugs and alcohol.

Miss Gallagher said: “On November 10 there were several calls between Mr Gibson and his sister. He made a threat to get a gun and shoot and kill her.

“Soon afterwards, there were further texts suggesting that he would engage in a Raoul Moat-type scenario.”

Gibson admitted harassing both women.

Defending, Kevin Jones said he had not contacted either victim since being charged and his drinking had “significantly decreased”.

He was given a 12-month jail term, suspended for 18 months and an 18-month supervision order.

He was also ordered to take part in a nine-month alcohol treatment programme and banned from contacting both women.