A BOYFRIEND who armed himself with a pistol during a domestic dispute has been jailed for two and a half years.
Polish-born Jakub Spykowski produced the gun as he confronted his ex partner and her new boyfriend after being ‘wound up’ by an exchange of texts.
The 20-year-old bodybuilder was arrested after being seen walking up to a former girlfriend with the high powered air gun by his side.
He had become emotional and unstable after refusing to take anti depressants he had been prescribed and using steroids while training at a gym.
The weapon put him in breach of strict firearms legislation because it is powered by a gas canister which means it is classified as a prohibited article, even though it can be held without a certificate.
Spykowski, of Broadsands Court , Paignton, admitted having the gun with intent to cause fear of violence and was jailed for two and a half years by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court.
The Judge spared him the mandatory five year sentence after ruling the case was exceptional because the gas canister was empty and the weapon could not have been fired.
He told Spykowski:”You took it with the intent to threaten because you believed the man concerned had a reputation for violence. It is something these courts see time and again.
“I have to bear in mind how many times people arm themselves with no intention of using the weapon but events overtake them and it is used.
“I am not imposing the minimum sentence because there were exceptional circumstances, principally that the weapon could not be fired.
“I cannot overlook the fact you took a gun into a public place and used it to threaten and anyone who does that must expect a substantial sentence.”
Miss Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said Spykowski went to a house in Torquay in July and had the gun by his side but did not raise it or try to fire it.
The weapon was a RWS C225 gas powered air gun but tests by the force armourer showed it was incapable of being fired because the gas had run out.
The weapon was a prohibited firearm because it could be potentially deadly if in working order.
Mr Lee Bremridge, defending, said the background was his volatile relationship with a woman, who had returned to another previous partner at the time.
He said: "He went looking for her. He now has a new partner and regrets what he did.”