Bermudian jailed in UK for brandishing imitation shotgun
A Bermudian man has been jailed for more than three years in England after he admitted threatening two people with an imitation shotgun.
Jahkiel Samuels, 35, pleaded guilty in Nottingham Crown Court to a charge of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
He also admitted threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.
According to Nottinghamshire Police, at around noon on September 2, Samuels went into a café in the town of New Basford, pulled what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun out of a bag and pointed the weapon at two customers.
One of the men forced Samuels out of the café and held the door shut until he left the area. However, Samuels returned to the café with the imitation firearm concealed and holding a knife.
One of the men again shut the café door, but Samuels made a stabbing gesture towards him before he left.
No one was injured in the incident, and Samuels was arrested by Nottinghamshire Police later that day.
Samuels was sentenced on Friday to three years and four months behind bars.
Detective Sergeant Simon Carter, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This would have been a terrifying incident for everyone who was in the café at the time.
“They wouldn’t have known that the firearm wasn’t real or what Samuels’s intentions were.
“Brandishing any kind of firearm in a public place is an incredibly serious offence and will always be met with a swift and robust response.”
Samuels, then 25, who has been linked in the past with the Parkside gang, was sentenced to three years in Westgate in 2010 after he held the manager of the Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club hostage and beat and robbed him. The incident happened in 2009.
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