A DRUNK produced a black revolver from his waist band and pointed it at another man’s face.
A court heard how Tomasz Gigon, 33, cocked the gun as if to load it before brandishing it at his victim, who he had been arguing with.
Mold Crown Court was told the weapon was an imitation, incapable of firing. But the victim and others who witnessed it did not know that and feared for their lives.
When he fled, he was followed by CCTV operators and was rugby tackled by a door supervisor.
Gigon, of Watery Road in Wrexham, was jailed for 12 months after he admitted possessing an imitation black revolver with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence.
The judge, Mr Recorder John Philpotts, said Gigon was effectively a man of good character but during the early hours of August 25 he committed a very serious offence.
“You were seen by door staff to have an altercation with another male which culminated in you brandishing a imitation hand gun, which I have seen. You used that item to threaten and to intimidate.”
It was ‘a most realistic looking weapon’.
He said: “Anyone confronted with this weapon would have been understandably afraid.”
Prosecutor David Mainstone said Andrew Evans, a door supervisor at The Penny Black pub in Wrexham saw Gigon enter the pub, chatting and buying drinks.
Gigon and another man had a smoke together outside, there was an argument, and Gigon became increasingly agitated. They squared up to each other and were described as being ‘nose to nose’.
Gigon then reached behind his back and pulled out what turned out to be an imitation firearm.
He held the weapon with his arms outstretched at shoulder height and as the victim backed off Gigon held it towards his face three times.
People shouted ‘he has got a gun’. The door supervisor said it looked very real and he felt threatened and feared for the safety of himself and others there.
Gigon walked away still holding the gun and was followed by CCTV operators. He was seen to accidentally drop the gun on to the pavement and a nearby door supervisor took the opportunity to rugby tackle and detain him.
Gigon, who had no previous convictions, told how he had it with him for protection.
Stephen Edwards, defending, said his client had an excellent work record.
That night he had been with a friend in Rhosddu, where he shared a bottle of vodka.
He made his way home with the gun in his trousers waist band but called in at the pub where the incident took place.
It was accepted it was a very realistic weapon.
An expert had said if it had been pointed at him then he would have believed it to have been real.
But the fact was it was a solid barrel gun which was incapable of being fired.
The cocking mechanism did not work which meant that neither a blank or cap could be fired from it.
His client had an excellent work ethic, references spoke of the other side of his character, and he had a lot to lose if he was sent into custody.
Gigon had said he just wished he could turn the clock back.