Richard Bowser admits firing a handgun through an outside door of the Tan Hill Inn minutes after a violent altercation with staff and customers. Teesside Crown Court heard how the 46-year-old pointed the revolver at Lee Jackson’s head before firing at him as he tried to hide from the defendant. He was arrested at the remote venue on the Pennine Way after being Tasered by armed police.
Bowser, of Worcester Place, Bishop Auckland, denies two charges of attempted murder, two firearms charges, and one of grievous bodily harm. He has already pleaded guilty to assault and possession of a prohibited weapon. He admits shooting through the door but denies intending to hurt Lee Jackson. A bullet from the pistol remained lodged in Mr Jackson’s arm following the shooting on July 21 last year.
Mr Jackson said he was petrified and tried to hide in the bunkhouse, but Bowser fired the gun through the door just moments after holding the weapon to his head at the toilet block. Earlier in the trial, jurors watched CCTV footage showing the accused throwing punches and slapping staff and drinkers before being forced into the external lobby of the pub. Alistair MacDonald KC, representing the defendant, said his client accepts that his behavior in the pub was ‘disgraceful’ but maintains that he never intended to murder Mr Jackson or inflict very serious harm. The trial continues.