A man who threatened a former friend’s mother by pointing an air rifle in her face and threatening to “slice up” her son has been jailed.
Scott Haddock, 23, fell out with Liam Slee over an unpaid debt.
He turned up to his house late at night on May 9 this year, and became disruptive outside his home, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Paul Rowland said Haddock had turned up to the address where Mr Slee lives with his mother in Hilton Terrace, and began banging on the garden fence with another man.
She looked out and saw Haddock banging on the fence while holding a gun in his right hand.
Police later recovered a magazine clip for a firearm from the garden.
Mr Rowland said: “Mrs Slee saw another man beside Mr Haddock, who was carrying a machete.
“The defendant was making threats to slice him up and set fire to the house.
“The threats went on for about 10 minutes before she saw them walk away.”
Police later saw a threatening Facebook picture of Haddock holding a machete in his mouth that he had sent to Mr Slee, but was actually seen by his younger brother.
Haddock, of Plantation Road, Pennywell, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession of a firearm with intention to cause fear or violence, and dangerous driving without insurance.
Sentencing Haddock to 26 months in prison, Judge Tim Gittins said: “Anyone using a weapon to threaten must expect a serious custodial sentence.”