A Gold Coast law student with anger issues was so enraged his van was to be towed he threatened to kill two tow-truck drivers with a replica gun, sticking it into the mouth of one of them, a court has been told.
Simon Peter Doughty, 50, was stressed from marriage woes when he grabbed a replica firearm and stormed toward the tow-truck operators demanding they release his work van.
He'd also had weeks of arguments with his Varsity Lakes body corporate over where to park the work van.
On the night of April 6, 2017, the pressure "boiled over" and Doughty screamed at the men to "put my f***ing car down or I will shoot you in the head".
Even as the operators agreed to release the van, Doughty continued the threats of violence against them.
He placed the barrel of the gun to the temple of one of the drivers, a court has been told.
Then he ordered the second driver to his knees and forced the gun into his mouth.
Doughty pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court on Tuesday to extortion and unlawfully possessing weapons.
His defence team conceded that although the gun was a replica, it would have been a terrifying experience for the tow-truck operators who were just doing their job.
"It was not planned. It was a spontaneous reaction, albeit an over-the-top reaction," the court was told.
Justice Katherine McGinness said the men had no way of knowing the gun wasn't real and described Doughty's behaviour as "frightening, irrational and gratuitous".
"They must have seriously feared for their safety, if not their lives," Justice McGinness said.
She sentenced Doughty to 18 months in prison and ordered immediate parole.
Doughty remained in custody on other charges but will be ordered to comply with strict supervision orders when released.