ad

Suspended term for Flint man who fired airgun at wife

Published date: 28 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
Read more articles by Staff reporter Email reporter


 

A WOMAN was woken up by her drunken husband pointing an airgun at her in the middle of the night.

Michael Peter Gregory, 50, fired the airgun on a number of occasions.

Mold Crown Court was told on Friday the weapon was not loaded, but it was so close to her she could feel the air being discharged.

She was able to get out of the house at Flint and police were called but Gregory had calmed down by the time officers arrived.

The court heard Gregory was not a big drinker but had taken alcohol following a disagreement with his brother over the funeral arrangements of his father who had just died.

He had said he was not going to the funeral, his wife said he should, and following an argument she slept in the conservatory.

The next thing she knew she was being woken up by the defendant pointing the weapon at her, explained prosecuting barrister Owen Edwards.

Gregory, of Coed Onn Road in Flint, admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and described it himself as a moment of madness.

He was spared immediate imprisonment, receiving a 14 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

In addition, he was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work and he was placed on supervision, to receive bereavement counselling.

A destruction order for the gun was made and he was ordered to pay £1,300 costs.

The incident happened on New Year’s Eve when he held the .22 air rifle at his wife Elaine with intent to cause her fear.

Judge Niclas Parry told him: “You put it as well as anybody could have done – it was a moment of madness.”

The judge added: “One can only imagine the sheer terror felt by your wife when she was woken in the early hours to find you pointing this gun at her. You were clearly out of control, pulling the trigger and firing towards her. She felt the air pass her.”

The judge said he accepted Gregory was truly remorseful; he was very lightly convicted; he was at heart a good husband, a good father and a hard working man who acted out of character.

What happened was because of a very recent bereavement which his wife said had affected him very badly. She made it clear he had never acted in such a way before and she felt sorry for him.

Defence barrister John Hedgecoe said his client had been extremely worried for himself and his family as a result of what he had done that night.

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

Comments are closed for this story.

Comments are closed for this story.

Past pictures from Flint

  • l107c75c
  • l10a97d9
  • l10a98e0
Local Bygones

View thousands more photos like this on www.localbygones.co.uk

Browse our archive
 

Local Business Offers & Promotions

  • 10% OFF

    STUDENTS, OAP;S, HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS. 10 % OFF Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Wash/Finish or Wash/Cut/Wash (Not in Conjunction with any offer)

    Valid Until: Thursday, 11 Dec 2014

    Voucher Code: C&CO

  • 25% Off your Food bill!

    Each diner must purchase a starter & a main course. Offer valid until December 2014. Valid Sundays - Fridays only. Not valid on Bank Holidays & Selected Dates - please call for confirmation. Please book in advance & mention ' Web Offer'. This offer excludes Buffet, Banquet & Takeaway. The Restaurant reserves the right to change this offer at anytime.

    Valid Until: Friday, 05 Dec 2014

    Voucher Code: Web Offer


View all offers & promotions

Featured Businesses

  • Autotech
    Same day body repairs to your home or work. Bumper scuffs/ scratches. Interior leather and fabrics also repaired or replaced
    View website »
  • Mr Nick Murphy
    TV Aerials supplied & fitted. Est over 25 years.
    More »
  • Ron Stuart Aerials
    Est 1975. Satellite TV and FM aerials, also DAB and digital aerials and free view.
    More »
  • Autotech
    Same day body repairs to your home or work. Bumper scuffs/ scratches. Interior leather and fabrics also repaired or replaced
    More »
View all adverts