Man ‘subdued by Taser gun’

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A SCARBOROUGH man had to be subdued with a Taser gun after challenging police while holding his large Rottweiler dog, a court was told.

Earlier on November 4 last year, Mark Stubbings had terrified a neighbour and her daughter by shouting, swearing and making threats outside their home and banging on their windows.

York Crown Court heard that Stubbings, 36, had been drinking when he decided to go around to the woman’s family home in Herdborough Road, Eastfield.

The court heard how Stubbings’ girlfriend, a local primary school teacher, had had a past relationship with the woman’s husband and there was a problem over outstanding monies.

Alan Mitcheson, prosecuting, said it was this that Stubbings had taken into his head to sort out when he went round and scared the woman and her daughter while her husband was out.

Stubbings, who spends his time between his home in Beech Walk and his girlfriend’s home in Hanover Road - her garden backs on to that of the family - appeared before the court for sentencing, having previously pleaded guilty to a charge of affray.

Mr Mitcheson said that when police officers approached Stubbings at his home he threatened to set his dog on them while shining a high-powered flashlight in their faces.

This, said Mr Mitcheson, led the officers to fear for their safety and they had to resort to using a Taser to subdue Stubbings.

Taryn Turner, mitigating, said that there was “bad blood” between the parties, but that her client now wanted no further trouble.

Adding that Stubbings had a bad previous record of offending, she said that he had also been the victim of other people’s violence, losing an eye and being attacked with acid.

Passing sentence, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said that whatever the trouble between Stubbings and the family had been, the behaviour he had shown that night had been out of order.

Stubbings was sentenced to a 12 month community order and told to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also placed under a five year restraining order to have no contact with the neighbour’s family.