A MAN who admitted shooting a 15-year-old boy in the head with an air rifle has been jailed for more than 11 years.
Steven Thompson, 39, from Sunderland, shot the teenager who was riding on the back of a motorbike after becoming “irritated” by the noise of the bike as it passed his home.
Steven Thompson, from Sunderland, was jailed for 11 years and 10 months[/caption]
The victim survived the shooting which happened last October but was left with a “serious head wound” and suffered life-changing injuries.
Thompson, who was “obsessed” with air rifles, has now been jailed for 11 years and 10 months.
He was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm without a licence.
He denied perverting the course of justice.
He shot a 15-year-old boy in the head while he was on the back of a motorbike after becoming ‘irritated’ by the noise of the bike[/caption]
The shooting left the victim with life changing injuries[/caption]
In a heartbreaking witness statement, the victim said: “Physically and mentally my life has changed beyond recognition, this will continue for the rest of my life.
The statement added that the victim was a “full of life teenager” before the shooting.
The teen, who now uses a wheelchair, said: “I don’t remember being shot or anything leading up to the incident but I do remember waking up in intensive care and thinking I can’t move, the reality was that I couldn’t actually move.
“I felt like my life had been taken away from me, I was a shell of my former self.”
He added: “I remember telling my mam ‘I haven’t got a head’ and asking her ‘have I got a head?’ I was petrified to hear the answer.
The court heard how the 15-year-old will be on medication and will need to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
He said: “I feel anxious, scared and worried all of the time. This leads to me being angry and frustrated I can’t do the things I want to and I will never be able to follow my dream of a career in construction.”
Thompson admitted grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a firearm without a licence[/caption]
The victim said Thompson had shown no remorse and had left him critically injured in the street.
He said: “I want him to know that I nearly died. But he won’t be bothered about that. He is only concerned about himself.”
Detective Inspector Ed Small, said: “This has truly been an awful incident and Thompson’s actions have left this poor young man with severe life-changing injuries.
“No 15-year-old should have their freedom or dignity taken away from them in this way.”
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at email@example.com or call 0207 782 4368