A MAN who waved a replica gun at passersby while he was behind the wheel drunk has been jailed for at least 14 months.
Craig Owen Stephenson sat quietly through his sentencing hearing in the Tamworth Local Court on Monday where Magistrate Roger Prowse detailed the nature of his charges.
Stephenson was charged with two counts of common assault, armed with intent to commit indictable offence, possess prohibited drug, drive with middle-range PCA, licence expired less than two years before, drive vehicle recklessly, furiously or in a speed and in a manner dangerous, and two counts of intimidation.
The matters stem from earlier this year, when Stephenson went to help out an ex-girlfriend.
Stephenson “extracted a person from a very unsavoury”, if not dangerous, domestic violence situation, Magistrate Prowse told the court.
But from there things turned immediately.
Stephenson’s solicitor told the court his client was stressed about the break-up and began drinking.
He found solace in alcohol and drove into town to buy cigarettes.
It was on this trip that Stephenson brandished a replica pistol gun and terrified passersby at whom he waved it.
Magistrate Prowse said the members of the public, including young children, were petrified.
Mr Prowse said a young child asked their parents, “Is he going to shoot us?”
Stephenson was sentenced to three months in prison for common assault, three months for mid-range PCA and five months for driving in a manner dangerous and was disqualified from driving for 18 months.
The sentences will be served concurrently.
Magistrate Prowse also ordered Stephenson to serve six months in prison, starting in February next year, for being armed with a replica gun, and 18 months, from March 1, with a non-parole period of nine months, for intimidation.
Stephenson will be eligible for parole in December next year.