A MAN threatened to shoot his estranged wife after assaulting her had a loaded shotgun in his car, magistrates have heard.
Jack Piwowarski had gone to the victim's home in Burghley Gardens, Boston, on October 17.
Prosecutor Edward Johnson told Boston Magistrates Court that the 31-year-old entered the property uninvited and an altercation ensued during which he grabbed his wife by the arm.
Piwowarski then left the house, but as he did so he shouted "I'm going to shoot your head off" towards the victim.
Police were called and when they arrested Piwowarski they found a loaded 12-bore shotgun and 102 rounds of ammunition in the boot of his car.
Mitigating, Andrew Goldsborough said Piwowarski had gone to his wife's home to see his 21-month-old daughter and a scuffle had taken place.
He revealed the forklift truck driver had a licence for the shotgun and used it to go hunting.
Mr Goldsborough pointed out that the gun had not been brandished and stated Piwowarski was surprised when the police told him it was loaded as he was usually careful to make sure there were no rounds left in it.
The solicitor added that Piwowarski had no previous criminal convictions.
Piwowarski, of Cannister Lane, Frithville, pleaded guilty to assault, possessing a loaded firearm in a public place and breaching the terms of a shotgun licence.
He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced by a judge at Lincoln Crown Court on a date to be set after the magistrates declined jurisdiction on the case.