The shooting took place at the Aspers Casino in Newcastle
CCTV footage was released this week showing a gambler who had been ejected from Aspers Casino in Newcastle returning to the venue and opening fire in what appears to be an attempted drive-by shooting.
The footage was shown to a court that was hearing the case of how Ronald Turkington was so infuriated at being told to leave the casino that he returned later with a revolver and opened fire on the casino in an incident back in March of this year.
Turkington, 41, was found guilty of carrying out the attack and was sentenced to serve three years in jail. The father of three was also found guilty of aiming his revolver at a taxi driver’s head in a road rage incident shortly after the casino attack.
It is alleged that as he was removed from the casino by security staff that Turkington threatened them with the possibility of retribution claiming “I will have you finished tonight. I’m coming back to finish you”.
Prosecutor Emma Dowling said “Around 15 to 20 minutes later a car drove through Stowell Street the wrong way down the one-way street. The defendant was driving the vehicle and he put his hand out of the car window and appeared to have a small black revolver.”
She added “He fired five or six shots into the air. You can hear loud gunshots on the CCTV footage. The door staff said they thought he had come back to shoot them.”
Turkington was eventually caught when a nearby police officer in a police van noted down his car registration number plate after spotting him driving erratically through the streets of Newcastle.
Judge John Milford QC sentenced Turkington and said “You must have returned to your home and armed yourself with the firearm, which has never been recovered. You then drove back to the casino in your own vehicle and, approaching down a one way street against the flow of traffic, you extended your arm through the window and fired five or six shots into the air.”
He continued “You then produced the gun and pointed it at a taxi driver. You were at close quarters and he thought he would be shot dead and said it was the most terrifying experience of his life.”