A MAN has been jailed for more than 10 years after going on a violent rampage with a gun, and threatening to kill his former partner in Coventry.
Taylor Doherty, aged 21, called his ex-partner in September last year and threatened her before turning up at her house and throwing a brick through the window.
He went to find her at a different address but mistakenly broke into a student house where he smashed a window and threatened two students with a gun.
West Midlands Police circulated Doherty’s image as wanted, and while he was on the run trying to evade capture, he dragged a member of the public out of their car, hit them over the head with a firearm and drove off in their vehicle.
He was arrested by a dog handler as he tried to run away from the scene of a burglary in Tile Hill.
Doherty was identified in an identuty parade and phone evidence linked him to the crime scenes. His DNA was found on a drinks bottle inside the stolen car and blank rounds were found at an address he’d been staying at.
Even after the offences he continued to message his ex-partner with threats.
In light of the mounting evidence against him, Doherty had no choice but to plead guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, breach of a non-molestation order, robbery and dangerous driving.
At Warwick Crown Court Doherty was jailed for 10-and-a-half years.
Det Ch Insp Dave Sproson from Weat Midlands Police’s public protection unit, thanked victims and witnesses in this case for coming forward and working with officers throughout the investigation.
“Together with CCTV, forensic and phone evidence, Doherty was faced with no other choice than to pleas guilty and accept responsibility for his crimes.
“The sheer level of violence used by Doherty was shocking.
“I am pleased with the sentence delivered by the court which sends a strong message to those who think it is acceptable to use serious violence.”
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