A TROUBLED man has been jailed for five years after he pointed a gun at his parents and fired a shot in their home.

Brian John Capstick, 49, appeared before Carlisle Crown Court yesterday for sentencing after admitting two counts of illegal possession of a firearm at an earlier hearing.

Gerard Rogerson, prosecuting, told the court Capstick had gone to visit two friends at about 8pm on December 13 last year.

He left the home at about 10pm and about half an hour later he arrived at the home of his parents James and Susan Capstick. Capstick knocked at the door and was greeted by his mother.

He then fired the gun into a bookcase in an adjacent room. A police manhunt ensued and he was found the next day in the woods in Broughton in Furness, where he had buried the Enfield revolver and a second gun - a double-barrelled derringer pistol.

When he was found by police, he told officers where he had hidden the guns.

Judge Nicholas Barker said he disagreed with Mr Burke that he should deviate from the minimum five year sentence for this kind of offence, saying the circumstances were not suitable.