‘Frail old man’ spared jail

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

A pen­sioner who showed signs of “in­cip­i­ent de­men­tia” when he pulled out a replica firearm and de­manded money from shop as­sis­tants has been spared jail, in what was de­scribed by a judge as a “wholly un­usual” case.

A court heard that Ken­neth Dodds was in a “highly con­fused” state when he pulled out a re­al­is­ti­clook­ing Colt-type re­volver and waved it at staff in Cafe Pronto in New­ton Ay­cliffe, County Durham.

Judge Jonathan Car­roll handed him a three-year com­mu­nity or­der yes­ter­day, claim­ing that the defendant’s poor well­be­ing meant it was a “rare case which falls wholly out­side the guide­lines”.

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