There are calls to review the “soft” jail sentence of Stephen Barrett, who pointed a loaded gun at the head of a young woman on a night out.
The 34-year-old was jailed for 12 months for the terrifying town centre incident.
Sources close to his case have told The Scarborough News they felt the sentencing wasn’t tough enough - and that heavily-convicted Barrett could be back on the street just after Christmas.
It’s also been claimed that:
l Barrett was deemed a “high risk” offender.
lMore thought should possibly have been given to his history with guns, with three previous convictions for possessing weapons.
lHad the CCTV images showing the severity of his attack been made available earlier, there would likely have been calls made to the judge for a tougher sentence.
The source added: “Someone must have been looking down on him that day (he was sentenced).”
He was jailed by Judge Peter Benson at York Crown Court, who also ordered the alcoholic to pay a £900 charge - but no compensation.
The Crown Prosecution Service who brought the case to court has yet to comment on the calls for a review.
However, the CPS is not understood to favour appealing the decision although that’s not confirmed.
But The Scarborough News’ readers have called for his sentence to be looked at again.
“Only 12 months in prison? He will be out in a lot less!” said Peter Jones on our Facebook page.
“The woman will probably never forget the incident for the rest of her life.”
And fellow reader Bill Black said his previous convictions alone should have made a tougher jail sentence a no-brainer for Barrett, who the court heard suffered from mental health problems.
“Firearm offences, drunk, 60 previous convictions - why wasn’t this dangerous person locked safely away in a secure mental unit for a very long time?,” he said.