Man bran­dished im­i­ta­tion AK47

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

William McGarry picked on the wrong man when he de­cided to act tough af­ter a pub bash near his Dover home.

The 56-year-old stormed off home af­ter a row and re­turned with a re­al­is­tic im­i­ta­tion AK47 weapon which he bran­dished at shocked rev­ellers near the Royal Oak.

But the man fac­ing him was An­drew Ar­mitage – a for­mer body­guard in Afghanistan – who im­me­di­ately twisted the weapon out of his hand, struck him over the head and dis­armed him.

Now Judge James O’Ma­hony has praised Mr Ar­mitage as: “a brave, strong, re­source­ful and gal­lant per­son” – be­fore send­ing McGarry to prison.

He was jailed for 18 months af­ter ad­mit­ting pos­sess­ing the im­i­ta­tion firearm and a stun gun.

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