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Jail for teenager who held imitation Magnum gun to man's head on Gloucester bus

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

Robbie Jenkins

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BUS passenger Robert Tyree was left terrified for his life when a Magnum-style pistol was pointed at his forehead.

Robbie Jenkins had fired the airgun at a seat on the vehicle before holding it to 18-year-old Mr Tyree’s head and saying: “I just want to pop someone in the skull.”

Drunken Jenkins, 19, was jailed for 14 months yesterday after admitting possession of an imitation .357 Magnum pistol with intent to cause fear of violence.

It happened on March 16 last year, in Newent while aboard the Gloucester-Ross bus, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

“It was put straight between his eyes and brushed against his skin,” said prosecutor Janine Wood.

She told the court that by the time Mr Tyree got off the number 32 bus, he was physically shaking from the ordeal.

Jenkins, formerly from Newent but now of London Road, Gloucester wept as he was sent to prison and said ‘I’m sorry’ to the public gallery.

Mr Tyree was the only passenger upstairs in the bus when it left Gloucester but later Jenkins got on board with another man.

“The defendant was drinking from a can of Fosters and smoking a cannabis joint and appeared to be drunk,” she said.

“The defendant asked Mr Tyree if he wanted to see something. With that he pulled out the air pistol and the witness believed it to be a real handgun.

“Jenkins told him he had bought the gun in Wolverhampton and he had broken into a Co-op store. He fired the weapon into a seat on the bus and the witness heard a loud bang and saw smoke. In fact it later appeared the gun had not been loaded when it was fired.

“The other man with the defendant told him to put the gun away. But the defendant got it out again and said ‘I just want to pop someone in the skull.”

The next day Jenkins was arrested and took police to Newent Lake where he had hidden the gun in a bag in a storm drain.

He said he had been drunk on the bus and had little recollection of what he had done.

In a victim statement Mr Tyree said: “I felt shocked at seeing the gun. I had never seen a real gun before and I thought this one was real. I thought when it was pointed at me I was going to get shot. I was so shocked I got off the bus shaking.”

Joe Maloney, defending, said Jenkins, who has five previous convictions for unrelated offences, said: “He knows this was a stupid stupid thing to do and it is no wonder the victim was very very worried. He very much regrets his behaviour.”

Judge William Hart told Jenkins: “You spoke to the victim in a way which was an attempt to give him the impression you were some sort of gangster. He became increasingly anxious about your behaviour and he was justified in that.

“You pointed the gun at him and effectively put it between his eyes so the barrel touched his skin. He thought it was real and was extremely shocked. The message has to go out to you and anyone else thinking of behaving in this way that conduct of this sort is bound to result in an immediate prison sentence.”

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  • Justica  |  February 26 2014, 7:32AM

    The people on here offering their support and excusing this behaviour goes a long way to understanding WHY he behaves like he does.

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  • RoadWombat  |  February 20 2014, 12:28PM

    Oxygen thief.

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  • Ravi1  |  February 20 2014, 10:55AM

    It would appear that little Robbie may have fed his family a different story....

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  • supernova1  |  February 20 2014, 10:09AM

    So, FreeRobbie12.....just exactly what statements in the article are incorrect, and what should they be? That is of course coming from YOUR side, whereas the article has come from the Court.

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  • GlosObserver  |  February 20 2014, 9:48AM

    From what I can see from the article, this low-life knew exactly what he had done as he hid the weapon when he got home. And what on earth was he doing with it on a bus in the first place? He deserves everything he gets and hope he learns the lesson.

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  • FreeRobbie12  |  February 20 2014, 1:10AM

    Well I will start with a big thank you to Brown96, really appreciated by the family, friends and girlfriend courtney. Everyone does stupid stuff in life they regret, at the end of the day no-one is innocent. He got pressured to plead guilty because they said '' if you plead guilty you wont get as long in prison'' He doesn't need to be beaten up or anything, his family does love him always have always will, no matter what he does! His family, friends and girlfriend is finding it hard enough seeing this, let alone seeing the comments. There is some mistakes in this anyway, they never mentioned that the cameras wasn't working on the bus.. So it was Roberts word against Robbies! I have spoken to the lad who got the police involved and he said a different story.. His exact words were: ''He got the imitation gun out several times, but he didn't do no damage! I was shocked when he got it out, and I was shaken a bit as I thought it was real.'' Before you judge and write stupid little comments (e.g he probably wasn't loved as a child.. Scum) You should get both sides of the story before you judge. The 'victim' over exaggerated. Yes he wept, courtney was watching from the balcony and he kept looking up. He shouted ''I'm sorry'' He has a heart, and he is a good lad most of the time. He will learn from his mistakes I know that as I am close to the family.. Me and Courtney know him really well, and he's nothing what you think he is. Keep your opinions to yourself! Thanks.

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  • Brown96  |  February 20 2014, 12:11AM

    People are too quick to judge nowadays, the media are here for a reason to inform and to over exaggerate. And this is a clear example of what has happened. The majority of you who have commented do not actually know this man, as I'm sure most of you will retaliate to this post by saying that you don't want too know him either. But I find it questionable that you are willing to spend your time slandering a young mans name whom has already received his sentence and is serving his time. As controversial and and I'm sure most of you will say debatable as to whether or not this article is 100% fact or not. You must respect the fact that people enjoy reading bad things that's how the media sells itself. And being one of the few who have commented that actually know the man in question I can state that this young mans character is not that it has been perceived throughout this article and I can verify that those closest to him will strongly agree. He is not a low life neither are his family or those associated with him. The rudeness in the comments by many of you that have stated that he is a chav, or a low life, or evil and even those of you that think he should be beaten up. It is you people that need time to look at themselves as this is a disgraceful way to act, what example are you setting... Comment back with your aggressive outbursts as you wish. But at least I have the opportunity to defend myself where as the young man in this article does not. The family and friends close to him are very loving and have not done anything wrong here so please don't direct any of this at them. He has been badly portrayed here and as I said it is debatable as too the amount of truth is within this. I know what I believe and none of these comments will shadow that.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  February 19 2014, 4:14PM


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  • supernova1  |  February 19 2014, 10:09AM

    Krystallynham, you really have no idea, do you! If we make excuses for this *****, then that means we tolerate this level of behaviour. It then becomes the benchmark, which will be undermined yet again, so we become engulfed in a downward spiral. It's all very well supporting him, and if I had a close member of my family, I might, inwardly, but not come on a local forum, and say 'if you haven't got anything nice to say......' You are naïve and wrong, if you think that other members of the community to which he belongs should not air their views and worries. I'm thinking you are young too. When you become older, and a potential victim of mindless thuggery, you might think back and remember this day.

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  • happydays32  |  February 19 2014, 8:46AM

    Krystal hes 19 not 9 but to be fair a 9 year old would know that pointing a gun at somebody's head was wrong and the fact that you agree he's stupid when he's drunk just makes it even worse! There's no defending what this idiot did end of,he's lucky he didn't get longer!

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