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Reading Magistrates’ Court: Upper Bucklebury man facing gun charge is locked up

A MAN accused of menacing a couple with a gun has been sent to the crown court in custody.

In the dock at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Friday, May 12, was Stuart Gale.

The 40-year-old, of Roundfield, Upper Bucklebury, is accused of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Reading Magistrates Courts
Reading Magistrates Courts

Specifically, Mr Gale is accused of possessing the imitation gun with intent to cause Mark and Lesley Dollin to believe that unlawful violence would be used against them.

In addition, he is charged with assaulting Mr Dollin, thereby causing him actual bodily harm, and with causing criminal damage to his property – specifically, a garden gate and a doorbell.

A charge of assaulting Lesley Dollin by beating her was withdrawn by the prosecution.

All the above offences were said to have been committed in Upper Bucklebury on Wednesday, May 10.

Mr Dollin, who was legally represented by Jennifer Lewin, was told the case could proceed no further that day.

Magistrates sent all the matters to Reading Crown Court to be dealt with by a judge and, in the event of a trial, by a jury on a date to be fixed.

Mr Gale was meanwhile denied bail and was remanded in custody.

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