Man left with long scar after air rifle 'prank' goes wrong
A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been left with a 4in scar on his leg after he was shot with an air rifle.
Allen Wainwright was in his garden when he heard the shot and felt a sharp pain in his left calf muscle.
He looked up and saw Kieron Legg at the open window of a neighbouring property in Eastfield Drive, South Normanton, Derby Crown Court heard.
Mr Wainwright was taken to hospital, where he had an operation to remove the pellet.
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Legg, 23, of Market Street, South Normanton, admitted unlawful wounding and possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence on June 8. He conceded to officers that it was a prank that had gone wrong.
He said he had been shooting at things in the garden to give Mr Wainwright a shock.
Handing Legg a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, Recorder Stephen Lowne said: "You could have hit his eye, have blinded him and damaged his brain."
The judge told him to pay Mr Wainwright £500 and £800 towards court costs. He must also carry out 250 hours' unpaid work and obey a three-month curfew between 9pm and 6am.