A man has been jailed for more than 10 years following a brutal spree with a rifle, attempting to kill his former girlfriend.
Taylor Doherty, 21 years old, called her ex-partner in September last year and threatened her with showing up at her house and tossing a brick through the glass.
He went to meet her at another address but, wrongly, broke into a student house where he broke a window and assaulted two students with a gun.
We distributed the picture of Doherty as he wished, and when he was on the run attempting to escape arrest, he pulled a member of the public out of their car, beat them over the head with a pistol, and took off in their vehicle.
He was arrested by a dog handler when he attempted to run away from a robbery in the Tile Hill area of Coventry.
Doherty was recognised in the ID parade and the phone evidence linked him to the crime scene. His DNA was discovered on a bottle of drink inside the stolen vehicle, and blank fire rounds were found at the address he’d been living at.
And after the offences, he proceeded to report threats to his ex-partner.
In the face of the mounting evidence against him, Doherty has no choice but to plead guilty to two counts of possession of a weapon with the intention of inducing fear of abuse, violation of a non-molestation order, theft and reckless driving.
On Monday (February 10), Doherty was jailed at Warwick Crown Court for 10-and-a-half years.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Sproson of the Public Safety Team said: “In this situation, I would like to thank the victims and witnesses for coming forward and collaborating with us during the investigation.
“Along with CCTV, forensic and telephone evidence, Doherty was faced with no alternative but to plead guilty and take responsibility for his crimes.
“The sheer amount of brutality that Doherty used was disturbing. I am satisfied with the punishment handed down by the judge, which sends a clear warning to those who believe it is appropriate to use extreme abuse.”
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