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Man Sent To Prison For Firing Crossbow At Vicar

Tuesday September 17 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

A TERRIFIED vicar feared for her life when a drunken thug fired a crossbow at her from a church roof.

David Wood, 20, raised the crossbow and aimed at Rev Sue Hobley, vicar of All Saints’ Church in Wath-upon-Dearne, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

Wood sobbed as he was handed an eight-month jail term.

Peter Hampton, prosecuting, said Mrs Hobley and her husband Michael Byrne heard the church roof alarm sounding in the early hours of April 7.

"Sue looked up to the roof of the church and on the porch was Wood looking directly at her," said Mr Hampton.

"Mrs Hobley shouted at him to come down and he picked up what later transpired to be a crossbow.

"She was terrified and thought she was going to be shot. The couple took cover, Mrs Hobley behind a gravestone. Wood continued to aim at her.

"Then they both heard a bang - the crossbow had been fired."

The pair fled to the church hall, locked themselves in and called police. Wood was talked down from the roof at gunpoint by armed police.

Wood, of Campsall Field Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, admitted affray.

Michael Slater, mitigating, said he was a ‘vulnerable and thoughtful young man’ of good character and his behaviour was a ‘cry for help’.

He said Wood was caring for his dying grandmother and couldn’t cope.

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Reply Posted by LV on Tuesday September 17 2013 at 14:28
Such a thoughtful young man...

Reply Posted by Jack on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 05:28
Always a cry for help ! No your just evil !

Reply Posted by wearedoomed on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 09:46
Everyone has stress and problems of some sort or other in their lives. Grow up get over it and get on with it like everyone else has to. Grandmother just a bloody excuse used by the defence, he is a thieving little toe rag who wants locking up for a long time for threatening behaviour and using a lethal weapon - end of.

Reply Posted by djon on Sunday November 16 2014 at 01:29
thieving? what exactly did he steal? shut your mouth until you know the facts.

Reply Posted by tokazchewtoy on Sunday September 22 2013 at 20:27
Shame they didn't shoot him. Not fatally obviously, just in the leg or something.

Reply Posted by LadyA on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 13:20
there really are some uneducation people in barnsley!!!!
If he is was that much of a bad person why did he only get 8 months & he only got done for affray?? the Judge obviuslly understood the circumstances alot more than you do.
look at your own lifes before you judge others.

Reply Posted by ladyA on Wednesday October 9 2013 at 13:21

ipso Regulated