VIDEO: Pregnant girl threatened in street by teenager with handgun
THIS is the terrifying moment three young people – one a 17-year-old who was 16 weeks pregnant – were threatened in a city street by a teenager with a handgun.
The firearm is suspected to have been among an arsenal of weapons - including replica guns and samurai swords - taken in the burglary of a dead man's home in Plympton.
Plymouth Crown Court heard how, around 2.30am on September 4 last year, Alex-Warren-Lean confronted a group of young people in Alma Road, near the Citybus depot.
After an angry incident, which began with him trying to cadge a cigarette, Warren-Lean pulled the pistol from the pocket of his hoodie and menaced the terrified trio, a man and two girls.
The weapon was never found, but Warren-Lean denied it was one of the weapons taken in the burglary, claiming it was an unloaded BB gun belonging to friend Andrew Charlton.
Judge Francis Gilbert QC told Warren-Lean, now aged 19, his pulling a pistol on a group of young people was "plainly frightening, threatening and intended to be so".
Prosecutor Nick Lewin described how the pair broke into a detached house in Plympton on April 24-25 last year.
The owner had died four weeks earlier, and his collection of weapons and Zippo lighters was still in the house awaiting probate.
The pair stole two laptops, six lighters, four swords, 12-15 knives and daggers, three replica pistols and an air rifle, which was later found in the garden, the court heard.
Both teenagers' fingerprints were found at the scene.
Two days later, police chased two men on bicycles.
They got away, but strapped to the bikes were bags containing samurai swords from the burglary.
Charlton's fingerprints were on one bike, while two knives from the break-in were later seized from Warren-Lean.
Both young men also led police on a high-speed chase in a van stolen from Warren-Lean's father.
CCTV of the high-speed pursuit
It was described by an experienced traffic officer as "one of the most appalling pieces of driving I have ever witnessed".
It was on May 2, when Warren-Lean stole his father's van and drove Charlton, now 19, around Plymouth.
They were chased by police for up to four miles before the being stopped by a Stinger, which punctured the tyres.
Warren-Lean, then 17, had driven over kerbs, through red lights, ignored no-entry signs and pulled out of junctions into the path of oncoming vehicles.
After the van was stopped, Charlton was found nearby out of breath, telling police he had been on a seven-mile run.
Emma Birt, for Warren-Lean, said he had been diagnosed with autism aged 12, taken into care and turned to drugs and alcohol, committing offences to fund his addiction.
On remand, he had calmed down and was working in prison, she said.
Julia Cox, for Charlton, said his mother died when he was 15 and he had begun self-harming since splitting with his partner.
Warren-Lean admitted burglary, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and asked for five other offences to be taken into consideration.
Charlton admitted burglary and aggravated vehicle-taking.
Judge Francis Gilbert QC sentenced Warren-Lean to 35 months in a young offenders' institution, less 296 days spent on remand.
He sentenced Charlton to 15 months and banned him from driving for 12 months, telling him: "The time has come when you have got to learn you can't go on burgling other people's property."