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Man sentenced after threatening Burton Road door staff

A man has been jailed after threatening to shoot door staff at a bar in south Manchester.

Darren McDermott (17/10/1980) of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear.

On Monday 25 June 2012, he was sentenced to 32 months in prison at Manchester Crown Court Crown square.

On Saturday 17 March 2012, McDermott was drinking at the One Lounge Bar at the corner of Burton Road and Lapwing Lane. He was drunk and bar staff refused to serve him anymore drinks.

Before leaving, McDermott asked a doorman how to get to the M20 bar.

Later that night, the doorman who had spoken to McDermott received a call from a member of staff at the M20 bar who said he needed help with ejecting him after he was refused entry.

When the doorman arrived, there was a scuffle before McDermott left, shouting abuse.

Approximately twenty minutes later, McDermott was seen walking towards One Lounge Bar with an object in his hand. When he arrived, he pointed the barrels of a sawn off shotgun at door staff.

Fearing for their safety and that of the bar’s customers, the door men shut the main door and kept it closed.

McDermott then smashed a pane of glass and pushed the shotgun through the gap, pointing it towards the bar area. He was heard shouting “I’m gonna put a hole in somebody” before he left after someone said they were calling the police.

As McDermott walked past the Great Kathmandu Restaurant on Burton Road, he used the barrel of the gun to smash a window.

He was later arrested and when searched, a bag of cocaine was found.

Detective Constable Dominic Heslop from South Manchester CID said: "McDermott was drunk and abusive initially towards door staff at M20 because they would not let him in. We believe he targeted the One Lounge Bar after a staff member there helped out at the incident.

"Members of the public were so frightened by the sight of the barrels pointing through the window and the noise generated by the smashing of glass, they rang 999, fearing that shots had been fired into the bar. They had no way of knowing that the barrels were incapable of firing a shot.

"The CCTV footage clearly shows the panic he caused that night and I am glad to say he has now been brought to justice."