Norfolk man tells trial he used his shotgun to shoot rats

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 May 2015

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

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A man claims his ex-partner falsely accused him of firing a shotgun at her to get him arrested, a trial heard.

Kevin Bell, 49, said that Angelina Foster arrived at his Narborough bungalow at around 3am and started throwing bricks.

He said she was “shouting, screaming and hollering” and that when he picked up one of the bricks she had thrown he saw it was wrapped in a rag that smelt heavily of petrol.

Bell admitted that he had used his shotgun before Miss Foster arrived, but he 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 that he dismantled his shotgun into three parts and locked it in a cabinet in his wardrobe when he heard Miss Foster arrive, and did not take it outside his home or use it while she was there.

His new partner Tracey Herring called police, and Miss Foster did the same.

“She waved the phone and said ‘ha ha, I’m ringing the police and getting you arrested for trying to shoot me’,” said Bell.

Miss Foster claimed that Bell fired several shots that missed her, but Bell said he was a “very good” shot and would usually hit around 22 out of 25 on a clay pigeon shoot.

Hours earlier Miss Foster’s son had put a brick through Bell’s bathroom window and threatened to kill him, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday.

Police were called and her son Billy Foster was arrested, prompting her to go to confront Bell, of Oak Grange, Narborough.

Bell and Miss Foster had previously both lived at The Splashes traveller site in Swaffham, but their split in 2012 - after a relationship of more than 20 years - was acrimonious.

Bell denies common assault, possession of a shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of a pepper spray.

The trial continues.

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