A MAN has been jailed for two years after being caught with a loaded shotgun in his boot hours after threatening to shoot his ex-wife’s head off.
Jacek Piwowarski, 30, from Canister Lane in Frithville, admitted assault, possessing a loaded shotgun in a public place and breaching his shotgun licence in a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday.
Piwowarski confessed that he had assaulted his former partner earlier the same day when he went to visit their 21-month-old daughter.
The court was told Piwowarski’s ex-wife suffered red marks on her arms after he grabbed hold of her.
Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said as Piwowarski left the property he warned his ex-wife ‘I’ll shoot your head off’. The shotgun was confiscated after police stopped Piwowarski in his car later the same day.
The shotgun was found to contain a single cartridge, and other ammunition was discovered in the vehicle.
Paul Mytton, mitigating, told the court Piwowarski had been interested in shooting since he was 15-years-old.
Mr Mytton added: “He used the gun for shooting pigeons and rabbits.
“He didn’t take the gun out of the boot, he didn’t brandish it, he went home.”
Passing sentence Judge John Milmo QC told Piwowarski, from Poland, there needed to be a ‘deterrent sentence’ for people who have a loaded shotgun in a public place.
Judge Milmo added: “At the end of the assault you threatened to shoot her head off, knowing you kept a shotgun in your car those present must have been terrified what would happen next.
“Keeping a shotgun and ammunition in the boot of a car is these days an invitation for thieves to steal both and put them to criminal use.”