Coleford men assaulted and terrorised by 'pistol whipping' gang

By Court Reporter in Crime

TWO Coleford men were assaulted and terrorised in their own homes by a ’swaggering’ gang armed with knives and imitation pistols, a court has heard.

One of the victims was ’pistol whipped’ and the other had his flat trashed by Leon Davis, 23, and James Taplin, 19, who were accompanied by a 17-year-old youth, Gloucester Crown Court was told.

The youth played only a minor role, however Davis and Taplin were both armed and were both threatening during the two incidents on February 7, said the judge, Recorder Don Tait.

He jailed Davis, a schizophrenic, of no fixed address but formerly of Coleford, for three-and-a-half years and sentenced Taplin, of Nind Lane, Kingswood, to three years in a young offender institution. The youth, from Leeds, was made subject to a one-year referral order.

All three defendants pleaded guilty to assaulting Coleford men Michael Jones and Anthony Cooper causing them actual bodily harm. They also pleaded guilty to criminally damaging furniture, an electricity meter and a window. Taplin also admitted being in possession of a knife.

Prosecutor Robert Morgan-Jones said: "Taplin produced a black imitation pistol. It was pointed at Mr Jones, causing him to feel intimidated and frightened.

“Taplin and Davis then assaulted Mr Jones. He was hit on the head with the pistol and Davis hit him twice with the butt of his weapon.”

The prosecutor explained that Davis then took the gun from his waistband and was miming to a song relating to guns, drugs and violence.”