Gainsborough killer went on scissor terror rampage

Steven Ward, formerly of Waterworks Street in Gainsborough
Steven Ward, formerly of Waterworks Street in Gainsborough

A convicted killer from Gainsborough left probation hostel staff in a state of terror when he went on the rampage, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Steven Ward, who was living at the Wordsworth House hostel on Yarborough Road, Lincoln, following his early release from a prison sentence, smashed up equipment inside the hostel.

Then he grabbed hold of a pair of scissors and threatened to kill staff after they activated an alarm. Ward held the scissors inches from the neck of one woman worker telling her: “you’ve got 10 seconds to turn off the alarm or I’ll kill you.”

Another staff member risked his own safety to intervene before Ward barricaded himself in a room leading to a 20 minute stand-off with riot police.

Ward, 39, formerly of Waterworks Street, Gainsborough, admitted charges of making a threat to kill, affray and criminal damage as a result of the incident on 26 July last year. He was jailed for four years and given an extended licence which means that even after his release he will remain on licence until 2020.

The court was told that in 1990 Ward was jailed at Leicester Crown Court for the manslaughter of his 15-year-old girlfriend.

And the probation hostel incident occurred after he was released early from a three year jail sentence imposed for affray after he went on the rampage with a knife in Gainsborough Job Centre forcing terrified staff to lock themselves in a secure room for their own safety.

Judge Sean Morris told him: “You terrorised your victims. You had a previous conviction many years ago for manslaughter and they knew that. They were genuinely frightened.”

Laura Bower, defending, said the violence was spontaneous and Ward did not physically injure anyone: “When the police officers arrived he was exceptionally frightened when he saw the number of officers.”