Gunman fired into house hitting innocent gran in head

by Gazette Reporter
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who fired a handgun to “cause terror” resulting in a grandmother being grazed with a bullet inside her home has been jailed for seven years.

Jason Freeman, 26, pointed the gun at a man’s head in a driveway before he moved the gun away and discharged two shots, which went through the front door of the house next door.

One of the bullets grazed the head of the woman who lived in the house with her children.

Freeman of Woodhazel Terrace, Ballymun, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a 9mm handgun in suspicious circumstances at Shangan Park, Ballymun, on June 28, 2020.

The court heard that a further count of recklessly discharging a firearm was taken into consideration. Freeman’s 48 previous convictions include convictions for robbery, assault causing harm and obstruction of a peace officer.

A woman was in her home with her children and grandchild when she looked out her living room window and saw the accused man parking a bike between her house and her neighbour’s house.

She had gone to the door of her living room when she heard “roaring” and a “bang” before she felt something on the top of her head. She put her hand to her head which came away covered in blood and she realised she had been grazed following a gunshot.

The victim sustained a one inch wound to the top of her head which required eight staples. She was released from hospital later the same day and did not wish to make a victim impact statement.

CCTV footage played in court showed Freeman cycling up the house, entering the driveway beside the victim’s house and pointing a gun at another man.

Freeman first pointed the gun at the man’s lower body, then at his head and two shots were discharged after he moved the gun away from the other man. Both bullets went through the victim’s front door and one struck the victim.

Freeman cycled away after the incident and was later arrested at his home. He made no admissions to gardaí during interview and gave no explanation for the incident. The firearm has not been retrieved.

Judge Martin Nolan said any offence involving a firearm is serious because it is a “lethal weapon”. He sentenced Freeman to seven years imprisonment, backdated to June 30, 2020, when he first went into custody.

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