This is the moment a Peterborough man shot another man in the face with a BB gun

Sir William Delamore aims the weapon
Sir William Delamore aims the weapon
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A Peterborough man has been found guilty of shooting a man in the face with a BB gun.

William More - known as Sir William Delamore - was found guilty of firing the gun at James Lander following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday.

Delamore (48) of Lavender Crescent, had pleaded not guilty to three counts of possession of a knife in a public place - one on July 4 and two on July 5 - possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and wounding with intent, both on July 5, but the jury returned guilty verdicts today.

Delamore will be sentenced next month after reports are written.

The jury were shown video footage, which the prosecution say was shot by Mr Lander, and shows Delamore firing the shot, which caused a cut near Lander’s eye. The defence said Delamore was not the man with the BB gun, and it is a case of mistaken identity.

Delamore appeared in the dock at the court for the first day of his trial last week. Stephen Mather, prosecuting, told the jury of seven men and five women: “The prosecution say the defendant was on Lavender Crescent on June fourth, when he was seen with a kitchen knife.

“The next day, the prosecution say, the defendant had an imitation firearm in his possession, causing Mr Lander to believe unlawful violence would be used against him.

“What Mr Lander will say is this defendant used the imitation firearm, and caused him an injury about 1cm below his eye.”

The court heard it was also said Delamore had a lock knife and two scalpels with him on July 5. When Delamore (48) of Lavender Crescent was arrested by police on July 5, he denied the offences. Mr Mather said Delamore was likely to tell the jury the charge relating to July 4 and the two involving the BB gun were a case of mistaken identity.

Mr Mather also told the jury the defendant had denied having the lock knife, and said he did have the scalpels - but he used them for arts and crafts activities, so had a legitimate reason to have them.