Two men and a youth face sentence for pointing 'gun' at Plymouth mum
TWO men and a youth will be sentenced for pointing a 'gun' at a terrified mother when she opened her front door.
Shane Cuzner was yesterday found guilty of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to use fear or violence.
Two others, John Reader, aged 18 and of Clittaford Road, in Southway, and a 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, previously pleaded guilty to the same charge.
The trio are due to be sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court on December 14.
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During 21-year-old Cuzner's trial this week, a mother told the court she thought she might be shot and killed when three black-clad men called at her house.
The woman, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court in a statement that she heard a loud knock at the front door of her Plymouth home at about 6.40pm on January 6 this year.
She said she could not see anybody through the glass, but when she opened the door she was confronted by three men stood side-by-side wearing black clothes and balaclavas.
The woman said: "The man on the left had his right arm raised at me and he had an item which I suspect was a gun.
"He was holding the item like you would expect someone to hold the gun.
"I can't remember what was said, if anything. I feared he was going to shoot and kill me."
The woman said she closed the door after two or three seconds and the men were seen running away.
She added: "The incident has left me very frightened.
"I feared for the safety of me and my family."
Prosecutor David Gittins, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the court a broken air pistol designed to fire ball bearings was later found in Cuzner's bedroom in Bodmin Road, Whitleigh.
He added that a rucksack full of black clothes was also found at the address.
Cuzner had admitted he was with his friends Reader and the youth on the night of the incident but had denied he was one of the three men who pointed the 'gun' at the woman.