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Bridegroom jailed for pointing gun
Truro Crown Court
Michael Honeysett was jailed for nine months at Truro Crown Court
A bridegroom who pointed a gun at his new sister-in-law during his wedding reception in Devon has been jailed for nine months.

Michael Honeysett, 51, had earlier been convicted by a jury of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and of a second charge of affray.

His sister-in-law, Susan Kudliskis, had told Exeter Crown Court he had held the handgun a foot from her face when they went upstairs to a bedroom during the wedding reception.

The incident happened in January after Honeysett married Zelma Kay, the sister of Mrs Kudliskis' husband.

I thought he was going to pull the trigger at one stage
Susan Kudliskis, sister-in-law
Passing sentence at Truro Crown Court on Thursday, Judge John Neligan said it was not clear whether Honeysett acted out of bravado, temper, drunkenness or because he felt his sister-in-law and her husband did not think he was good enough.

"You used the gun to threaten her that in effect you were not a man to be crossed," the judge told him.

Honeysett, of Ayers Close in Bideford, was arrested by armed police at the marital home in the early hours of the morning following the reception.

Poor health

He spent four days in jail instead of going on honeymoon to Newquay in Cornwall.

"I thought he was going to pull the trigger at one stage," said Mrs Kudliskis, who said she thought the gun was real.

Honeysett denied ever pointing the gun - which was capable of firing metal pellets - at his sister-in-law, or ever threatening her with it.

Judge Neligan said he took into account Honeysett's poor health and the anxiety caused by the court case during his short marriage.

He sentenced him to nine months for possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and six months for the charge of affray, to run concurrently.

The judge also ordered the imitation gun and a flick knife to be destroyed.


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