Gamekeeper ‘argued with townie girlfriend and put pistol to her head’

Ralph Sturgess admitted his relationship was having problem

Ralph Sturgess admitted his relationship was having problems Photo: Hull News & Pictures
Gamekeeper Ralph Sturgess mocked his girlfriend Roxanne Daley, 22, for being a city girl who would never understand country ways, before putting a loaded .32 Walther PPK pistol to her head and threatening to shoot her, a court heard.

Hull Crown Court heard how after an evening in the pub, the former gamekeeper on Lord Hotham’s Dalton estate took pot shots at an owl and shooting her mobile phone.

The 38-year-old has pleaded not guilty to possession of a loaded .32 Walther PPK Pistol with intent to cause fear and has also denied making a threat to kill on October 9 last year.  Miss Daley told the jury the defendant had stormed off to the pub and she had been later woken by shots from outside as he fired at a noisy owl. She said: “When I went in the kitchen, the back door was open he was standing in the doorway with the pistol in his hand laughing.

In police interview Mr Sturgess admitted their relationship was having problems, the court heard. He denied threatening her with a gun and denied shooting her telephone. He said he had fired three shots at a noisy owl, not trying to kill it, but to get it to go away. He said he had taken the gun and pistol to go out lamping that night looking for rats.

Mr Sturgess has pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of a loaded .32 Walther PPK Pistol with intent to cause fear in South Dalton on October 9 last year. He also denied making a threat to kill.

The trial continues.

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