A DRUNKEN yob who fired a BB gun into a family of terrified holidaymakers on the Lincolnshire coast has been jailed for 22 months.
Kieran Bloodworth, 22, discharged the weapon into the middle of the Finney family, from Coventry, as they walked along Sea Lane in Ingoldmells, near Skegness.
The extended family of 14, including five children aged under five, were returning to their Butlins chalet when they were targeted without any reason by Bloodworth and a drunken accomplice.
Lincoln Crown Court was told one of the children, aged ten, feared her father was dead when she heard a family member shout out: “Rob’s been shot.”
In his witness statement which was read out in court, Coventry based delivery driver Robert Finney said he needed several weeks off work and vowed not to return to the resort again.
“It completely ruined the trip, which we had saved up for, for a long time,” Mr Finney added.
The court heard another adult member of the family was hit by five pellets, including one shot to his left cheek.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the shooting occured in broad daylight at 3.49pm and was captured on CCTV. Threats and insults were shouted towards the family by the “gun waving” pair, who then fired the weapon.
“It was indiscriminate firing to start with, but it was then more directly targeted.” Mr Howes added. “The children were huddled into a nearby shop.”
Bloodworth’s 20-year-old accomplice was detained at the scene and recieved a sentence of 18-months custody at Nottingham Crown Court.
The court was told Bloodworth, of Woodfield Road, Broxtowe, Nottingham, could remember nothing of the shooting due to the drink he had consumed. He admitted a charge of affray following the incident on June 21 last year.
Passing sentence Recorder Peter Cooke told him: “This is about as bad as a charge of affray can get.
“Somebody could have been blinded, to state the obvious.”