A man has been jailed after he fired shots from a handgun at a house in Huddersfield in revenge for an earlier incident outside a club.
Kym Walter was described as “acting weird” and was said to have taken drink and drugs by the time he attended Deighton Working Men's Club where a 50th birthday party was taking place last October.
Around 11pm the complainant Andrew Hall was outside the club and was calming down an incident involving other people when a man was involved in an altercation with Walter.
Nigel Wray prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court Mr Hall went to break that up telling both to “pack it in.”
Walter, whom he could see was under the influence of something, became abusive towards him and made a gun shape out of his hand.
He put it directly in the face of Mr Hall and told him if he wanted to he could shoot him in the face.
Mr Wray said Hall responded by punching Walter in the face once which started a fight which others broke up. Mr Hall then went home.
He lay on the bed upstairs. His girlfriend spoke to him there before she left the house to go to a friend’s home locking the door behind her.
About five minutes after she left Mr Hall heard voices outside in Springbank Road, Huddersfield. “He got up and looked out of the window and could see the defendant standing outside.”
Walter was talking on a phone and he heard him say: “I’m going to f**k him up, shoot the bastard, he doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.”
The next thing Mr Hall saw was Walter stretch out his arm holding a silver handgun in his right hand. He expected to hear a loud bang but there were three apparent shots which were not loud.
Police later searched Walter’s home and found a cannabis farm in the cellar. There were 20 plants growing with an estimated street value of £7,700.
Michael Sisson-Pell representing Walter said he “bitterly regrets his actions and knows he has let his family down.”
He accepted he had gone home after the incident outside the club and got the weapon which he had previously found, before going to the complainant’s address and firing it. Fortunately Mr Hall was on the first floor and the shots were fired below that.
“This whole thing has taught him a severe lesson to put it mildly,” he said.
Walter, aged 25, of Leeds Road, Huddersfield admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and producing cannabis. He had denied attempting to murder Mr Hall and having a firearm with intent to commit an offence and the prosecution offered no evidence on those charges.
Jailing him for a total of six years the Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Collier QC said the firearm offence was serious since it involved a genuine firearm which was loaded.
“It was discharged deliberately and not recklessly or by mistake.”