Conservative councillor Nick Buckmaster will be sentenced for pointing an air gun at a man in Chingford later today

Nick Buckmaster

Nick Buckmaster

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A Conservative councillor who admitted pointing an airgun at his neighbour during a row about a cat will be sentenced today.

Nick Buckmaster, of Mount Echo Drive in Chingford, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Snaresbrook Crown Court on April 15.

Armed police swooped on a home in College Gardens in Chingford at 9.15am on January 18 after Brett Stark was threatened by Buckmaster.

The Larkswood ward councillor pointed the pistol at Mr Stark as he stood behind the glass window of his front porch.

Prosecutor Rekha Kodikara told the court how Buckmaster visited the house to confront Mr Stark about his pet cat causing damage to his home, and was "persistent" about the issue.

Buckmaster is then recalled as saying "I know who you are. I know what you do. I know everything about you" before reaching for the gun and pointing at Mr Stark.

The incident then escalated further after Buckmaster had put the gun away and was "tackled" by Mr Stark in the front lawn.

Last month it was announced that the councillor since 2006 had been de-selected by his party ahead of the local elections.

He has been staying in Norfolk after being banned from staying in the E4 area as a condition of his bail.

Millie Balkan, 22, of Chingford, a full-time barrister's clerk in the City of London will stand in his place in the May elections.

Sentencing will take place at Snaresbrook Crown Court this afternoon.

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7:47am Fri 16 May 14

stickmanny says...

He'll get off
He'll get off stickmanny
  • Score: 5

9:40am Fri 16 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Was it a firearm or an air gun? If it was an air gun he will probably get off with a light sentence but he should get gaol if it was a real firearm.
Was it a firearm or an air gun? If it was an air gun he will probably get off with a light sentence but he should get gaol if it was a real firearm. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

1:30pm Fri 16 May 14

kirstywright says...

perhaps he thought he was a fox. tally ho !
perhaps he thought he was a fox. tally ho ! kirstywright
  • Score: 0

1:51pm Fri 16 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Was it a firearm or an air gun? If it was an air gun he will probably get off with a light sentence but he should get gaol if it was a real firearm.
Several Labour MP's are pro-fox hunting as are most Labour Lords.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Was it a firearm or an air gun? If it was an air gun he will probably get off with a light sentence but he should get gaol if it was a real firearm.[/p][/quote]Several Labour MP's are pro-fox hunting as are most Labour Lords. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

1:58pm Fri 16 May 14

kirstywright says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Was it a firearm or an air gun? If it was an air gun he will probably get off with a light sentence but he should get gaol if it was a real firearm.
Several Labour MP's are pro-fox hunting as are most Labour Lords.
agree- several Labour mps who haven't yet joined the 21st century and just a few hundred Tory mps to follow.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Was it a firearm or an air gun? If it was an air gun he will probably get off with a light sentence but he should get gaol if it was a real firearm.[/p][/quote]Several Labour MP's are pro-fox hunting as are most Labour Lords.[/p][/quote]agree- several Labour mps who haven't yet joined the 21st century and just a few hundred Tory mps to follow. kirstywright
  • Score: 3

9:33pm Fri 16 May 14

stickmanny says...

He got off.
He got off. stickmanny
  • Score: 0

1:46pm Sat 17 May 14

kirstywright says...

stickmanny wrote:
He got off.
Odds on really wasn't it. you or I and its straight to jail, do not pass go, do not collect your benefit.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: He got off.[/p][/quote]Odds on really wasn't it. you or I and its straight to jail, do not pass go, do not collect your benefit. kirstywright
  • Score: 3

7:49am Thu 22 May 14

I'm Alan says...

Wow Ive had comment removed due to politics..and I'll say again.if he was a Ukip member it would wall to wall coverage.. Don't take comment down..
Wow Ive had comment removed due to politics..and I'll say again.if he was a Ukip member it would wall to wall coverage.. Don't take comment down.. I'm Alan
  • Score: 1

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