The man who sparked an armed offenders squad call-out in central Wanganui earlier this month by roaming outside his house with a gun and pointing it at a passer-by has been sentenced to one month in prison.
Jeremy Morris Horne, 37, did not understand why armed police arrested him about 9pm on March 13.
Having downed two bottles of wine, he was unable to recall the incident that had just taken place outside his house in Bell St.
Horne's victim, a complete stranger to him, believed he was going to be shot by Horne, who pointed his air rifle at the passer-by as he walked home from a nearby dairy. The victim described the experience as terrifying.
Horne, who has been in custody since March 14, admitted presenting a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm when he appeared in Wanganui District Court yesterday.
His lawyer, Mark Bullock, said Horne never normally behaved like he did on the evening of March 13.
He said Horne could no longer be employed by the security firm in Wanganui he had been working for because of the offending.
Mr Bullock appealed for a sentence of community work and supervision, but the police sought a short term of imprisonment.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Rachel Willemsen said there was a "very serious element" to the incident.
Judge David Cameron agreed. He sentenced Horne to one month's imprisonment, with six months' of post-detention conditions.