Norfolk man cleared of firing shotgun at his ex-partner
PUBLISHED: 17:57 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 08:38 19 May 2015
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A man accused of firing a shotgun at his ex-partner was cleared by a Norwich Crown Court jury of all charges.
Kevin Bell, 49, was found not guilty of possession of a shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence, common assault, and possession of a pepper spray, by the jury, who were out for just over an hour.
Bell had claimed his ex-partner had falsely accused him of firing a shotgun as she wanted to get him arrested.
He claimed Angelina Foster had arrived at his Narborough bungalow at around 3am and started throwing bricks.
He admitted he had used his shotgun before Miss Foster arrived, but claimed that this was to shoot rats - and the jury were shown photos of rat holes at his property as evidence of the vermin problem.
He told the jury he dismantled his shotgun into three parts and locked it away when he heard Miss Foster arrive, and said he did not take it outside his home or use it while she was there.
He said that Miss Foster had told him she was ringing the police to get him arrested.
Bell of Oak Grange, Narborough had previously lived with Miss Foster at The Splashes site in Swaffham, but had an acrimonious split in 2012 - after a relationship of more than 20 years.
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