72-year-old says sorry for caus­ing rammy af­ter cops took his pis­tol away

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Tay­lor and DavidCamp­bell

A cow­boy wannabe told how he sur­ren­dered his replica re­volvers af­ter spark­ing a gun panic.

Billy Holmes, 72, per­forms stage du­els un­der the name Billy The Kid at west­ern bar the Grand Ole Opry.

He was prac­tis­ing shoot­ing when cops swooped on his home and con­fis­cated his pis­tols.

Billy was rapped at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court af­ter he threat­ened to smash his neigh­bours’ win­dows af­ter they called po­lice.

He said: “My house has been searched twice and I have handed in three guns.

“I haven’t been eat­ing since it all hap­pened.

“I haven’t been back to the Opry since, I’ve been too em­bar­rassed.

“I have been go­ing for years, it’s a re­ally good night. “I’m just re­ally re­lieved it’s all over. “I just need to keep my­self out of trou­ble now.”

Billy ad­mit­ted bawl­ing threats when he was hauled into the dock yes­ter­day.

Pros­e­cu­tor Martina McGuigan told how he kicked- off days af­ter po­lice de­scended.

She said: “The fam­ily are neigh­bours of the ac­cused and their prop­er­ties look onto each other.

“The ac­cused re­turned home and ap­peared to be intoxicated.

“He was mak­ing his way up­stairs to­wards his front door.

“He be­gan shout­ing, ‘ I’m f***** g Billy Holmes – I don’t need a f*****g gun. I’ll fight any­body.’

“Wit­nesses recog­nised his voice and looked out their win­dow. “The ac­cused was stand­ing di­rectly out­side. “He en­tered his home for a very short pe­riod be­fore re­turn­ing and con­tin­u­ing to shout ag­gres­sively.

“He shouted, ‘If I find out who phoned the po­lice your f*****g win­dows are go­ing in, the f*****g lot are go­ing in.’”

Holmes had been cel­e­brat­ing his birth­day when he be­gan rant­ing in the road.

The court heard he was an­gry po­lice had been called to his flat two days ear­lier and had taken the replica pis­tol.

Of­fi­cers lifted him af­ter they were forced to re­turn to Pais­ley’s Nether­hill Road when he sounded off around 6.30pm last Novem­ber 22.

De­fence lawyer David Ni­chol­son claimed his client had been prac­tic­ing his du­elling when po­lice were ini­tially called.

He said: “He is an avid west­ern and cow­boy fan.

“Hi s favourite pas­time is go­ing to the Grand Ole Opr y . “At the end of the night, he takes part in gun­sling­ing dis­plays. “He goes by the stage name Billy The Kid. “Two days ear­lier, he had been prac­tis­ing with his stage prop. “It’s a glo­ri­fied cap gun. “Po­lice had been con­tacted and had taken it away. “He had con­sumed too much al­co­hol. “He re­turned home and was still up­set.” Pros­e­cu­tors ac­cepted a not guilty plea to claims Holmes had al­legedly re­peat­edly shot the fake firearm at a neigh­bour.

They de­manded he sur­ren­der the pis­tol, but re­turned his gun belt.

Sher­iff David Pen­der de­ferred sen­tence on Holmes for six months and warned him to be­have.

He said: “By the time you get to your age, you should know how to drink well and wisely.”

Holmes has been or­dered to re­turn to court on Oc­to­ber 9.

I just need to keep my­self out of trou­ble Billy Holmes

Ashamed Billy Holmes

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