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Gunman launches machete rampage in revenge attack after being ‘rejected’ by girl

A gunman fired a fake weapon at a frightened man before launching a machete rampage in a horrifying revenge campaign which saw him threaten to murder a family in their own home.

Marshall Tricklebank, 20, lashed out after he was “rejected” by a teenage girl. He burst into a property and fired a fake firearm at his former partner’s step-father before being forced out.

However, Tricklebank from Stechford, Birmingham, clambered back into the home through an upstairs window and started to hack down a bedroom door with a machete, leaving young children inside the property in a frenzied state.

Birmingham Live reports that the incident occurred after the petrified family thought that they had paid him to leave them alone with £600, only for him to fire the realistic looking BB gun at the teen girl, then follow her home before threatening to hurt her family.

Tricklebank was arrested and eventually admitted to aggravated burglary with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, harassment, and two counts of possessing an imitation firearm with the intent to cause fear of violence.

At Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, September 10, he was branded ‘dangerous’ and locked up for nine years and six months.

Judge Richard Bond described his actions as ‘despicable’ and told him: “All your offending was from her rejection of you. You are a young man unable to deal with rejection from another human being.”

The realistic-looking BB gun brandished by Tricklebank

Tricklebank met the girl, who was vulnerable, at a park in February this year and they developed a short relationship. But her parents soon had concerns at comments he made about weapons.

Then the teenager herself became unhappy with his ‘intensity’ and told him she just wanted to be friends before returning to her previous boyfriend, prosecutor Timothy Sapwell told the court.

At that point he started being abusive over text messages and phone calls before demanding she ‘repay’ him £600 for the food and drink he had purchased during their relationship. He threatened to disclose intimate photographs of her, report the family to social services as well as petrol bomb the house and smash up their car.

But the girl’s mother, who overheard one telephone conversation, intervened and agreed to pay him the money if he left them alone. On May 16 she and her daughter went to meet him, but as she was at the cash-point the girl ran to confront him outside his flat.

They struggled until Tricklebank pulled out the BB gun and said ‘do you want to laugh?’ before firing it at his ex-girlfriend up to three times as she ran off in terror. He stuck around to collect the £600 cash from her mother but later that day he turned up at their home.

Mr Sapwell said: “He started banging and kicking at the front door. He pointed his gun at the girl’s step-father as he came downstairs and told him he would put it to his chest before he ordered him downstairs.

“The defendant threatened to murder everyone in the family and petrol bomb the house with the children inside and smash up their car. He pointed the gun at the girl and demanded an apology from her and her boyfriend. He left after 20 minutes.”

Such was Tricklebank’s torment the girl went to live with a relative to stay away from him and the family ended up moving house altogether.

But on May 30 the girl saw him at a park and alerted her family who came to collect her. They decided she should have a new SIM card for her phone so Tricklebank could not contact her, but on the way the defendant rang her and started issuing threats.

Birmingham Crown Court
Birmingham Crown Court

Again, he turned up at their home and confronted her step-father who grabbed a mallet to protect himself. But it only prompted enraged Tricklebank to fire his BB gun up to five times at him. He ran off, only to return, climb on top of the bay window and clamber through the window.

The step-father went to face him again only this time the defendant pulled out a butterfly knife. Tricklebank was forced behind a bedroom door but he picked up a machete inside the room and started chopping away at it.

The other children in the house became hysterical.

Tricklebank finally left and was arrested nearby.

Summarising the impact on the family Mr Sapwell said they suffered sleepless nights, anxiety and flashbacks.

Gary Cook, defending Tricklebank, explained he had had an unstable upbringing having grown up in care.

He said: “He said with some candour he let anger get the better of him. He takes responsibility. He’s not without incite and is not irretrievable.

“Clearly he has his own difficulties. Clearly there is a fragility about him in terms of his personality. He acts wholly disproportionately to any perceived slight and lacks empathy.”

Passing sentence Judge Bond said Trickleback was ‘jealous’ and ‘determined to seek revenge’. He also concluded he was ‘dangerous’ and posed a serious risk to the public because of his inability to cope with rejection.

But the judge stepped back from imposing an extended sentence after concluding Trickleback would have hopefully matured significantly by the time he served his sentence, two-thirds of which will be in custody.

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