Update: Now living in Northampton

April 2014

Child abuse images man armed with paintball gun told partner he “wanted to die by making police shoot him” 

A 34-year-old man who had indecent images of children on his laptop caused an armed siege in a residential street by attempting to get shot by firearms officers as part of a “suicide mission”, a court heard.

Matthew Anderson, of The Medway, Daventry, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after an incident on December 1 last year when he threatened police with a paintball rifle and pistol.

The court heard police attended an address in Abbey Road, Daventry, after Anderson’s partner rang 999 and said he wanted to die by “making police shoot him”.

Mary Loram, prosecuting, said officers attended the premises and found Anderson to be in possession of what they believed was a large machine gun and pistol.

She said: “The officers were not entirely convinced that the weapons were replicas and reacted accordingly.

Ms Loram said the officers took shelter behind a garden wall and heard Anderson loading and unloading his guns.

Eventually, Anderson was arrested after he admitted they were paintball guns.

After pleading guilty to being in possession of imitation firearms he was sentenced to 10 months in prison. He was also sentenced to a further six months in prison, to be served concurrently, after he pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children and extreme pornography.

Recorder Rachel Brand QC said officers “must have been terrified” and said prison was the “only appropriate way” to deal with Anderson.