Sex offender threatened to shoot two police officers

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A convicted sex offender threatened to shoot two public protection officers monitoring him, a court heard.

Peter Malcolm, 64, who was under intense supervision from police, claimed he had an unlicensed firearm and was willing to use it on Det Con Cope and Det Con Blackwell and spend the rest of his life in prison.

He told a probation officer: “The gun is not at my house. You won’t find it. I am not that stupid. I have no choice. I am only scared. I am willing to shoot Cope and Blackwell.”

Malcolm, of Clifford Court, Ossett, made the death threats when talk turned towards the officers during a probation interview at Lawefield Lane in October.

He was there for an activity session after getting a community order in July for harassing Det Con Cope.

Prosecutor Jill Seddon said Malcolm was also on the sex offenders’s register following a conviction in 1997. This meant he was under “quite intense supervision” by public protection officers. But Malcolm claimed he was being “victimised” and felt like a “victim”.

The probation officer reported the threats to her superiors and police were called.

Malcolm admitted two charges of making a threat to kill.

Rob Casey, mitigating, said Malcolm initially had no difficulties with his handlers but the situation changed later. He didn’t get on with Det Con Cope.

He made a complaint against him but no action was taken and he felt “aggrieved”. But Malcolm never had a gun.

Malcolm was jailed for 14 weeks but he has already served the equivalent of a 14-week sentence on remand.