A Hawkes Bay man who threatened
a police officer with an imitation firearm at a police
station has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Vincent Carmel Mizzi, 44, previously pleaded guilty to
charges of threatening to cause grievous bodily harm to three
police officers and carrying an imitation firearm.
Napier District Court was told today that police were called
to his house early on Christmas Day last year after a noise
Mizzi jumped out of the darkness and threatened to stab the
Later the same night he went to Hastings Police Station where
he again threatened to stab the officer at the front counter
before removing the imitation firearm from beneath his
clothing and pointing it at another officer who had entered
The police officer fell backwards when the gun was pointed at
him and shouted that Mizzi had a gun.
Judge Bridget Mackintosh told the court Mizzi was arrested
when he tried to leave the station.
He was subsequently arrested.
Judge Mackintosh said today that the officer confronted with
the firearm had suffered anxiety, had flashbacks of the
incident, taken sick leave and eventually left the police.
She said it was clear the offending had had significant
She also told the court Mizzi clearly had a "paranoid
ideation" about the police and the role they have in his