Two brothers who discharged an air pistol at an estate agency window and damaged one of the company’s cars after being told they were to be evicted from their rented home have been jailed after causing damage estimated at £5,000.
Joshua Maas, 24 and his brother Brandon 19, had been renting a home in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear but after two months at the property had not paid any rent after problems accessing benefits.
The property’s managing estate agency, Carousel, then instigated eviction proceedings against the pair and served paperwork at the address informing them of this.
That evening the Maas brothers drove to the central Gateshead estate agency branch of Carousel (pictured) and fired pellets at its window, punching seven holes in the glass. Fortunately, no staff were in the office at the time but two ‘terrified’ nearby pedestrians witnessed the attack, which included loud bangs as the firearm discharged.
After driving off, the pair then spotted one of Carousel’s leased and branded company cars which was parked on a street two miles away, stopping to fire pellets at the vehicle, shattering two sides windows, a rear window and puncturing the body work.
When their car was searched five days later, police found what was classed to be a ‘lethal barrelled firearm’.
At court the pair admitted affray and criminal damage and Joshua was jailed for 12 months and Brandon to nine months suspended for 18 months.
The judge said their sentences took into account the brothers’ troubled upbringing and the fact that Joshua suffered from ADHD but also reflected their ‘foolish’ and ‘very immature’ actions, as well as the terror that the estate agent’s staff felt in the day’s afterwards before their arrest, local media report.