A man who pointed a “powerful” rifle at a couple in a bizarre row over a Dundee parking space is facing jail.
Andrew Colvin got into an argument with Jaye Hudson, 19, and her partner Alexander McGowan, 25, when they parked in his reserved bay on a visit to a chemist’s shop.
Miss Hudson stayed beside the car while Mr McGowan ran into the pharmacy in Albert Street.
But raging Colvin then approached and shouted “I pay for that space” before storming into his house.
Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson told Dundee Sheriff Court that “after a few seconds” Colvin reappeared at a window, holding a rifle and pointing it at the pair.
The court was shown the gun which was approximately a metre long and said to be “sufficiently powerful to be classed as a firearm”.
The row led police to declare a “full firearms incident”, with armed officers swooping on Colvin’s flat around three hours later.
Miss Robertson said: “He continued to shout at Miss Hudson, telling her to move her car and calling her a whore.
“Mr McGowan re-emerged and saw the accused screaming and gesticulating towards Miss Hudson.
“The couple got ready to leave the car park and, as they did so, saw the accused at a window next to the balcony holding an air rifle and and pointing it towards Miss Hudson and her vehicle.
“He was waving the gun about and the witnesses formed the impression he was doing so to intimidate them.
“The accused propped the gun up against the window and then disappeared from sight.
“The witnesses were extremely frightened and felt threatened, so called the police.
“Due to the nature of the allegations a full firearms incident was declared and several trained firearms units attended the locus.
“They entered and found the air rifle behind a water tank in the hallway.
“It was a barrel cocking, spring operated rifle designed to discharge airgun pellets.
“It was in full working order and was sufficiently powerful to constitute a firearm under the Firearms Act, though could be freely owned.
“When he was cautioned and charged he said ‘all this because I had an argument earlier with a guy about my parking space’.”
Colvin, 49, of Albert Street, Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner at Whalers Close, Dundee, on May 13 last year.
Defence solicitor Brian Allison said: “I have some reservations about surprising contents in the victim impact statements.
“There is an indication both have since suffered from depression and panic attacks.”
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports.
Colvin was released on bail.