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Spalding man gets suspended prison sentence after firing air gun at neighbour

A man pulled an air gun on his neighbour in Spalding and fired it twice at him in a row over late night noise, a court has heard.

Mindageas Stakele (25) was upset at loud music being played in his neighbour's flat in Swan Street, Spalding, and banged on the walls in a bid to get it stopped.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that Stakele then banged on his neighbour's door ahead of the incident.

Lincoln Crown Court. (24099616)
Lincoln Crown Court. (24099616)

"The complainant went to open the door and was greeted by the defendant shouting: 'How many times I ask you to be quiet?' Mr Howes said.

"The defendant punched the complainant to the side of the face and the complainant punched him back.

"The defendant then stood back and pulled out a gun that was then pointed at the complainant."

Mr Howes told the court that the neighbour thought Stakele's black metal BB handgun was real and, as a result, he was very scared.

The neighbour then ran back inside his house which was when he felt pain in his left shoulder, later discovering he had been shot with a pellet."

Police were called to the scene and Stakele was arrested, going on to admit in interview that he pulled out the gun that has been bought by him in Boston three months.

The victim later told police: "I was scared for my life when he pulled the gun out and aimed it at me I ran.

"I've never been that scared."

Stakele, now living in Albert Street, Spalding, admitted possession of an imitation firearm between August 15 and 18 August this year with intent to cause fear of violence.

He was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years with 200 hours unpaid work and a three-month night time curfew.

Stakele was also ordered to pay total costs of £535.

Neil Sands, mitigating, told the court that Stakele had an issue with loud music being played in the flat late at night.

"He has expressed regret and remorse and accepts that what he did was a bad thing," Mr Sands said.

"He just wanted the man to turn the music down so he could get to sleep as he had to go to work in the morning."

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