Man sentenced for Bushmills firearm incident

Today (November 16) at Antrim Crown Court, 64-year-old Keith Grimsey was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.


Detective Sergeant Moyne, from Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Criminal Investigation Branch, said: “On Friday 27 December 2019, a 51-year-old woman was threatened by Grimsey inside a property in the Church Street area of Bushmills.

“At the time of the incident Grimsey was brandishing an imitation firearm.

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“This was an extremely frightening experience for the victim, during which Grimsey used an imitation pistol to induce fear of a violent attack.

“The possession or use of firearms, imitation or otherwise, is unacceptable in any modern society.

“I would ask anyone who is a victim of crime to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, or 999 in an emergency.”

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