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.