A Gainsborough man who ‘plagued’ his street left his neighbours in a state of ‘terror’ when he threatened to shoot them after they complained about his loud music, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
Alan Hearn, who had previously had warnings from his landlord due to complaints about noise from his property, told his neighbours he had a gun and told them he was going to kill them.
Moments later in the pitch dark Hearn, who was drunk, appeared in his Carlise Street garden (between North Street, Charles Street and The Northolme) pointing what appeared to be a gun at the window of his neighbours.
Esther Harrison, prosecuting, said police were called to the scene and Hearn was arrested.
The ‘gun’ was found to be part of a drum stand which was mistaken for a weapon in the darkness.
“His neighbours were plagued by him playing music particularly loudly during the night and in the early hours of the morning,” she said.
“They made a complaint to his landlord which resulted in a written warning being sent to him.”
She continued: “On this occasion one of his neighbours had gone to bed.”
“She was trying to sleep as she had to get to work early.”
“There was loud music so she got up and banged on the defendant’s door to tell him to turn it down.”
Ms Harrison added: “Alan Hearn was laughing and was drunk. He refused to turn down the music.”
Hearn then made threats to the woman and her partner and grabbed the man.
Hearn was pushed away and, because of his drunken state, he fell cutting his head.
He then told the couple he had a gun and would shoot them.
Later when the woman saw Hearn pointing what appeared to be a gun at her she was so terrified she was physically sick.
Hearn, 58, of Carlisle Street, Gainsborough, admitted charges of possession of an imitation firearm and common assault as a result of the incident on 21st December 2012.
He was jailed for 18 months and given an indefinite restraining order which bans him from contacting his neighbours or from entering the curtilage of their property.
Laurinda Bower, defending, described Hearn as a vulnerable man with a drink problem which has blighted his life.
She urged that Hearn be given the chance to receive treatment for his drink issues rather than receive an immediate prison sentence.