Michael Butler: Essex man pleads guilty to threatening motorist with firearm

Michael Butler fled the scene and remained a fugitive for 10 months

Michael Butler fled the scene and remained a fugitive for 10 months

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A man has pleaded guilty to threatening another man with a gun because he was driving too fast.

Michael Butler, 32,confronted his fellow motorist in a street in Harlow, Essex on September 11, 2016.

Butler, who lived on the street, claimed his victim, a man in his 30s, was driving too quickly and could jeopardise residents' safety.

The angry resident then went into an address on the same street before returning with a gun, pointing it at the victim and threatening him with it.

The victim called the police and armed officers attended but Butler had left the area - prompting police to request information on the fugitive, pointing out that Butler had a distinctive teardrop tattooed under his left eye and “ENDS” tattooed on the right side of his neck.

Eventually Butler was stopped in nearby Leigh-on-Sea and arrested in July 2017.

Butler, of North Weald, was later charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of Class B drugs.

At Chelmsford Crown Court today (Wednesday, January 24) Butler pleaded guilty to the charges, and he is due to be sentenced on February 2.