Barbara, 85, can't sleep after air pellets hit window

A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER whose bedroom window was shot at with what was believed to be an air gun said she was now struggling to sleep because she feared it could happen again.

Barbara Bourgaize, 85, said the window of her room at a residential and nursing home being hit by a pellet, probably from an air gun, was ‘frightening and distressing’. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1307851)
Barbara Bourgaize, 85, said the window of her room at a residential and nursing home being hit by a pellet, probably from an air gun, was ‘frightening and distressing’. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1307851)

A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER whose bedroom window was shot at with what was believed to be an air gun said she was now struggling to sleep because she feared it could happen again.

Barbara Bourgaize, 85, was in bed in her room at Chateau des Tielles Nursing and Residential Home at 1.30am on Saturday when she heard a loud bang.

After putting on the light and calling staff, it was discovered that the double-glazed window had been cracked.

She was unharmed because the projectile penetrated the outer layer of the double-glazing only and not the inner.

‘I have got a bit wound up and stressed by it,’ she said. ‘It was very frightening and distressing.’

  • * Police confirmed they were investigating the incident and they are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information should call the station on 725111 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Comments for: "Barbara, 85, can't sleep after air pellets hit window"

Island Wide Voting

The lady sounded more like 45 on the radio this morning.What a trooper!

Oh Dear

Another ridiculous crime.

I hate these crimes that have no reasoning behind them.

I can understand why people steal.

I can in some exceptional cases understand why people kill others.

Vandalism however, what is the point?

The perpetrator of this crime should be locked up. Terrifying an elderly citizen for no reason is utterly shameful.

PB FALLA

Life in modern day guernsey,it will get worse before it gets better

Bring Back The Good Old Days

Ed

PB Falla

Unless you can extensively substantiate the claim that reverting to a previous era will be favourable to our welfare with fully accurate corroboration, I will have to remain incredulous.

Oh Dear

Ectopudding, how long do you think people have taken up smoking knowing how bad it is for them?

It was probably longer ago than you realise.

Island Wide Voting

Well PB

CAN you extensively substantiate the claim that reverting to a previous era will be favourable to our welfare with fully accurate corroboration OR NOT?

I suspect NOT

By the way,on page 32 of today's Press there are a couple of cut out and keep photos of The Good Old Days that you would swoon over ... Rosie and Martino too I would imagine

Ectopudding

This is getting tiresome. If by the "Good old days" you mean where people were allowed to drink drive, not wear seat belts, smoke without the knowledge that it causes cancer, and do unthinkable things to children and it be swept under the carpet then so be it.

There was as much crime then as there is now, it just was not detected as much.

Oh Dear

PB FALLA.

You mean the good old days where the Germans had proper guns? You're so cool.

I'm only replying because Stiletto told everyone not to bother. But trolls are people too and you have to feed them.

:-)

Stiletto

@Oh Dear - best laugh I've had all day, I wouldn't dream of telling posters who to respond to, thought it a kindness to suggest that Ed does what we all do and leave pbf to his meanderings:-))))

Ed

I think hate would be too strong a word when expressing one's opinion on the perpetrators. I fully acknowledge what they did was morally wrong, but there must be some reason for such an act, no matter how weak. The issue is that, whenever an illegality has been perpetrated and is reported on a website such as This Is Guernsey, the forum get swamped with an apian infestation of comments that derive from emotional sensivity.

One ought to view the perpetrators with an open mind and not regard them as inherently immoral. Though people do not explicitly say such a thing, they most certainly imply it.

bcb

Ok Ed i`ve chewed it over and had a good think about it and have come to the conclusion that unless they are children or mentally ill in some way and given the fact this was a little old lady in her eighties i would like to put myself forward and give the b@st@rds (if there was more than one i`m sure there will be no shortage of offers to assist) a right good kicking.

Oh Dear

Ed, the reason people get so angry about this is because it's totally unnecessary. Their is no possible explanation for this crime.

In some cases as I said I can understand the reasoning behind a crime. This is nothing but someone who is bored. Getting your kicks out of shooting the windows of a nursing home is absolutely appalling. There is no justification for this.

Put yourself in the victim's shoes.

Oh Dear

Oh and just to clear it up. I didn't say I hated the perpetrators I said I hated the crime. How can I possibly hate someone I don't know?

A.J.

A gun is designed to be used for only one thing.

John

Ed, I think what PB Falla is talking about is some of the punishments from past times ??? If I have got the wrong end of the stick then, they should bring back the birch, hanging and other forms of effective punishment. And before you ask for proof of effectiveness, hanging is certainly effective because that person won't carry out any further criminal activity !

Ed

John

Hanging is barbarous and outmoded- those who support and carry out executions, although I can understand their strong emotions, evidently do not acknowledge the value of keeping criminals alive for educational purposes. You also clearly do not see the value if such a thing.

People who use words such as 'disgusting' 'sick' and 'psychopathic' need to receive some education. Please don't say that most criminals are psychopaths as they are not. Serious crimes need not derive from the desire to massage the pathological aspects of one's personality , but from zealous adherence to an agenda. It is simple and convenient to dismiss certain perpetrators or crimes as madcaps, but the inconvenient truth is that they are overly convinced individuals who have been deluded/indoctrinated, spent a prolonged portion of time in adverse circumstances or wholeheartedly devote themselves to causes they embrace. The first two reasons for such acts are pertinent to the offenders who committed the crime discussed in the article.

bcb

And you know all this through your vast experiences and dealings with these kinds of people or maybe you just read it all somewhere and chose that side of the debate?.

Scarlett

He's studying it....at school.

Ed, for the last time, clean your room, do your homework and get off these comments boards until such time as your view of the world isn't coloured by what you read in books, but by actual experience of it....

Which for you, is going to be some huge shock to the idealistic belief system you've created for yourself.

Ed

Scarlett

These ideas are based on the research carried out by others. Some of what I believe is stated in books, but other theories derive from a combination of established concepts and independent thought.

I know it may seem peculiar, but without the likes of Freud, Emerson or Voltaire, for example- who all viewed the world in a different way to the work-a-day individual, we may not know as much about our inner selves or have progressed as far a we have.

Ed

Scarlett

Anyway, theoretical knowledge is just as good as practical experience.

Spartacus

Scarlett

Oh just shut up you miserable git. It wasn't funny the first time let alone the tenth. He is far too intelligent to listen to you.

And by the way this isn't YOUR forum.

:-)

Ed

Yeah, Scarlett, get yourself a life and heed advice from someone who is a bit more broad minded than yourself. I read what you said about how you are so glad that you don't have a child who weighs up the pros and cons on whether they should have carrots for their dinner and have come to the conclusion that you are just one of the most small-minded ignoramuses on this forum.

Island Wide Voting

Hmmm. Not quite the first time but I find myself agreeing with Sparty

People like Ed are the future and whose to say he won't end up as CM or Speaker of the House one day?

Spartacus

Ed

I agree with you and I for one appreciate that you have the thoughtfulness to consider matters deeply and laterally, as well as the courage to publish your thoughts.

It is a fact that many criminals have mental disorders. I believe that in professional circles understanding is constantly improving however it's unrealistic to expect the general public to make an overnight paradigm shift towards understanding anti social behaviour and other crimes. It may take a while for people to catch on.

In the meantime I feel very sorry for this lady's distress caused by this incident and hope the culprit will be identified and dealt with appropriately. I admire Barbara's bravery for speaking out publicly, good for her, the whole community is in support of her which is how it should be.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisocial_personality_disorder

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oppositional_defiant_disorder

Oh Dear

Ed just to inform you, psychopathic is a medical condition, not just a way of labelling somebody.

I can't imagine anyone labelling the perpetrators of this crime as pyschopathic, the term is reserved for those who kill and are pyschopathic. Not all pyschopaths even kill.

I know you're not always keen on Wikipedia but the info is pretty much the same as you'll find in any article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathy

Slash

Ed

At school our Chaplain told us he had to say prayers with a criminal just before his execution by hanging, which he watched. He told us not a day went by when he did not reflect on this, and i know it troubled him to his dying day, as he found it impossible to reconcile with his beliefs.

Bry

Ed, re your reply to PB Falla:

Your silly comment about corroboration proves you are a child of these undisciplined and self first, self last and if there's anything between then self again times. According to you everyone's grandparents, including yours, are liars. And your subsequent puerile comments are prove you to be one of those responsible for our current situation of wall to wall crime.

Study hard and go to night school and you may someday grow up to be a half wit!

Oh Dear

Do you have any real contribution to this thread.

Perhaps Ed would learn if you had a meaningful debate with him.

You call him a child whilst you, yourself is throwing about playground insults.

Small minded hypocrite springs to mind.

Anon

Ed...the 'reason for such an act' and all acts of vandalism, at its very basic, is that the person who aims a missile at someone else's property doesn't aim it at their own because they will have to pay for the damage out of their own pocket, or if they are a minor, out of the pockets of their parents. We could all debate the reasons behind why people do hurtful things to others and of course we need consider that this was a person who was not really responsible for their own actions: possibly a minor....but old enough to get out of their cot at 1.30 in the night. So the parents may be to blame? Or an older person perhaps with issues. Either way we all need to be grateful, i suppose, that while they were expressing themselves they were not in possession of anything more than a pellet gun.

Stiletto

I do hope Mrs Bourgaize, who sounds like a very feisty lady is recovering from a horrible shock.

As for the mindless individual/s who thought it would good sport to frighten some 'oldies', I think they will sooner or later be caught, after all morons like nothing better than to endulge in bravado.

@Ed - surprised you felt drawn to comment on pbf's latest bravado post, take a tip from us others and just ignore this very silly, obviously bored individual.

Bry

Oh Dear: Please let us know what school you attended.

Oh Dear

I attended Les Beaucamps school, then went on to the College of Further Education. Why is this important?

slaytheferal interbreds

Just a guess that the thugs that carried this out were local born and bred ( uneducated feral interbreds)

Ed

I am somewhat concerned by your choice of pseudonym. They may be uneducated, so, if that is the case, then we, as a community, need to address the core of the issue by providing them and other youths with criminal propensities education.

Calco

If Falla and Bry dont agree with people doing vandalism, that's okay.

All the ones that think it's okay and want to hug the shooters, print your addresses and happy days. The old school who like to punish vandals can clean there windows, while the rest of you repair yours and the vandals are happy to because they can shoot, graffiti, break your toilets etc.

Everyones happy!

Ed

Calco

If you are insinuating that I am one of the individuals who would like to "hug the shooters" then you are totally wrong as I believe that they should be punished, but within the bounds of what is considered acceptable behaviour. I do, however, believe that rehabilitation should be one of the priorities alongside attempting to address the core of the issue.

scarlett

Christ, Ed, these may not be my' comments boards, like Sparty needed to remind me (?!)' but they sure are yours, bless you precocious socks.

How we all survived without you quoting huge swathes of other people's philosophies from books to enlighten us all is entirely beyond me, and indeed makes me wonder why anyone would bother growing up, leaving home and becoming an independent adult who gains life experiences upon which they can base their own knowledge, when, in fact, all wisdom without exception, can, according to your philosophy, be acquired by sitting in your teenage bedroom reading it, and regurgitating it ad hock on these comments boards to impress the likes of Sparty, your no one fan.

I reiterate, real life is going to come as one big surprise, my dear.

Dot Comma

So says the queen of cut 'n' paste.

How much further can you push the bounds of your hypocrisy Scarlett? I'll have a guess - quite a long way.

Spartacus

Scarlett

Anyone's allowed to post as often as they like including you and Ed unless the moderators decide otherwise. Your immense talent for bossing people about is going to waste here whereas Ed's immense talent for philosophising and vocabularising is a cause of interest, conversation, contemplation and sometimes even amusement. So there is some common ground between you. Just saying.

Ed

I agree with you Spartacus, but I don't think Scarlett will be particularly pleased to know that we share some common ground.

Scarlett

Errrr, what exactly are you talking about, Dot?

I recently responded to Sparty with something I found interesting on the internet, and para phrased, but apart from that, I have never cut and paste my posts, my thoughts, though controversial sometimes, originate in my head, publishing others words would be utterly pointless and entirely unsatisfying.

I look forward to you providing examples to back up your statement, and perhaps a hint as to why you've jumped in on my observations of the Ed and Sparty show....

Dot....Sparty.....or whoever you are.

Scarlett

oh, and if that were true, then it would be 'king' not 'queen', Dotty dear.

btw, I was just wondering, are you denigrating my original thoughts to the level of plagiarism due to envy, or is it just that you've never had one, and are therefore unable to comprehend them......?

Come back soon, now.....! ;)

bcb

Sparty i wasen`t aware it required immense talent to repeat what others have said.

Spartacus

I know you are a bloke even though I'm still wondering why you call yourself Scarlett but frankly my dear I don't give a damn.

Ed

Scarlett

Are YOU denigrating my original thoughts to the level of plagiarism due to envy ?

Scarlett

Know your history/literature much, Sparty.....?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_Pimpernel_(1934_film)

Scarlett

They seek him here, they seek him there,

Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.

Is he in Heaven?—Is he in Hell?

That damned, elusive Pimpernel....!

Dot Comma

Scarlet - for someone who starts every other post with "...a reliable [always unnamed] source informs me" I don't know how you can claim originality of thought.

You are a walking contradiction madam. And please tell me what you mean by 'ad hock'? I can't see why a riesling commercial would be relevant to your condescending attack on Ed!

Spartacus

Scarlett

Scarlet Pimpernel, the fictitious duplicitous bourgeois anti hero, has just one "t".

The girls' name Scarlett as in Johansson and O'Hara has 2 "t"s ;)

Scarlett

Dotty dear. Why thank you for following all my posts so avidly, it is hugely flattering (if not slightly stalker-y)...!

Sadly, of course, you get 0/10 for accuracy in observation and attention to proper detail.

I've already told you I'm not a lady, and as I knew,you're unable to provide actual examples of me copying others homework,, as there isn't any.

Sparty, as previously stated, I'm original...! ;)

Regards,

Scarlett (that's MR Scarlett, with two 't's)

Dot Comma

Scarlett,

I must congratulate you on your aim as you never fail to miss your foot. Even if I could be bothered to shoot into the barrel of fish which is your plagiarised post archive, I needn't bother as your cut 'n' paste skills are evident on this very thread...unless, of course, you are Baroness Orczy reincarnate (which would be one of your more believable claims).

You are obviously someone with a high opinion of herself if you consider perusing posts on an open forum as stalking. 'Cringestruck' rather than avid is how I read your posts. You do seem to have a problem with possessive pronouns as you think that 'Your Shout' refers exclusively to yourself.

Pimpernel, I think not ...more like pompous nelly.

Bry

Oh Dear did go to night school - I rest my case!