VIDEO: The terrifying moment ex-soldier points a gun at bus passengers
THIS is the moment an ex-soldier pointed a gun at a bus full of terrified passengers.
Ian Kinney, who had served in Bosnia and Northern Ireland, caused chaos in Long Eaton when he went on the walkabout with the gun, which looked like an AK-47 assault rifle, after an afternoon of drinking beer.
It turned out to be a replica but his petrified victims had no idea it was not real.
The Trent Barton bus driver was forced to reverse as Kinney pointed the gun at the windscreen.
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Passenger Francesca Culley, 16, of College Street, Long Eaton, said Kinney was walking slowly toward them.
"We saw him turn the gun at the bus driver.
"It looked like the front of the gun was up against the glass. It all went very quiet."
Passengers hid behind seats at the back of the bus as the incident unfolded on the evening of November 30 last year.
Describing the scene, Judge Andrew Hamilton, who sentenced Kinney, told him: "You knew what you were doing. You were playing out a role because of your drunken state."
Kinney walked toward armed police and the stand-off only ended one when one officer fired a baton round, smashing the fake weapon into pieces.
Kinney, who had no previous convictions, then surrendered.
At Nottingham Crown Court this week, he was jailed for five years for possessing the imitation gun with intent to cause fear of violence and criminal damage to a car.
Earlier that night he walked up to drivers in cars in College Street and tapped on their windows.
The court heard statements from two drivers who said they thought they were going to die.
Kinney, 38, of William Street, Long Eaton, had been suffering from symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Steven Ramsell, mitigating, said the weapon was old and deactivated and kept in Kinney's shed.
Read how passengers reacted here.