VIDEO: Former soldier with fake gun terrorised bus passengers
THIS is the moment an ex-soldier pointed a gun at a bus full of terrified passengers.
Ian Kinney, who had served in Bosnia and Northern Ireland, caused chaos in Long Eaton when he went on the walkabout with what looked like an AK-47 assault rifle.
It turned out to be a replica, but his petrified victims had no idea it was not real.
The Trent Barton bus driver was forced to reverse as Kinney pointed the gun at the windscreen.
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WATCH: The moment Kinney wielded his gun at passengers on the bus
Passenger Francesca Culley, 16, of College Street, Long Eaton, said Kinney was walking slowly toward them.
"We saw him turn the gun at the bus driver and us, basically. It looked like the front of the gun was up against the glass. It all went very quiet."
Passengers hid behind seats at the back of the bus, as the incident unfolded on the evening of November 30 last year.
Sentencing Kinney at Nottingham Crown Court, Judge Andrew Hamilton said: "They all (the passengers) pick up their mobile phones because they think this is their last moment on Earth, that they were going to be shot. Some were hysterical.
"You knew what you were doing. You were playing out a role because of your drunken state."
Kinney walked toward armed police with the gun and the stand-off only ended one when one officer fired a rubber bullet, smashing the fake weapon into pieces.
Kinney, who had no previous convictions, then surrendered himself.
He was jailed for five years for possessing the imitation gun with intent to cause fear of violence and criminal damage to a car.
Earlier that night he walked up to drivers in cars in College Street and tapped on their windows.
The court heard statements from two drivers who said they thought they were going to die.
Kinney, 38, of William Street, Long Eaton, had been suffering from symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Steven Ramsell, in mitigation, said the weapon was old and deactivated.
Detective Inspector Emlyn Richards said Kinney struck fear into the hearts and minds of innocent people who were simply going about their business.
"Although it turned out to be an imitation gun the people involved were not aware of that and were no less frightened than if it had been real," he said
"I welcome the sentence as it shows how seriously the police and the courts take offences involving weapons."