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Gunman caged for pub bouncer shooting

PUBLISHED: 13:58 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 August 2010

A 29-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for 17 years for shooting a pub s bouncer, owner, and customer hours after being thrown out. Thomas Scott, 29, of Tormount Road, Plumstead, returned to the North Pole pub in Greenwich High Road, disguised with a balaclav

A 29-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for 17 years for shooting a pub's bouncer, owner, and customer hours after being thrown out.

Thomas Scott, 29, of Tormount Road, Plumstead, returned to the North Pole pub in Greenwich High Road, disguised with a balaclava and armed with a handgun, on February 20 last year.

Whilst the pub was emptying, he fired at least six rounds at the legs of people outside the bar injuring three people, including a 44-year-old woman.

Sentencing him at Woolwich Crown Court last Friday, Judge Charles Byers said it was only through accident that no one was killed.

Earlier, at 1.30am, Scott was asked to leave by the pub's head of security Marsel Theodhori, whilst he was with his girlfriend and another couple, but he became abusive and punched Theodhori causing him to buckle at the knees.

He was then pushed out of the pub but returned at 2.30am with a silver handgun.

The judge praised two colleagues of the injured doorman who made chase and ripped the mask from Scott's face before he could flee in a getaway car.

He ordered that both should receive £1,000 from the public purse in recognition of their "brave and courageous act".

Scott admitted illegal possession of a handgun, shotgun and ammunition and later owned up to the shootings as the case was about to go to trial.

He was sentenced to 11 years in prison for each of the two counts of wounding with intent and four years for wounding, to run concurrently.

For firearm offences, he was given a six-year term, three-year and a five-year concurrent sentence.

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