A man who barged his way into a Unanderra unit and brandished a replica gun at a woman has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Neil Stewart, 52, of Unanderra, pleaded guilty to aggravated break and entry with intimidation in relation to the August 2012 incident, which began when a friend complained to him about her neighbours.
Stewart, drunk at the time, took matters into his own hands, telling the friend he was "going to your place to tell [the victims] off".
Despite the woman saying she didn't want Stewart to interfere, he went to her unit, along with another man, and knocked on the neighbour's door.
He was heard to say "stop picking on Kimmy", before one of the two men broke down the door.
Stewart entered the unit and confronted a woman in the bedroom, producing a replica pistol and saying "if you don't leave Kimmy alone I'm going to get you".
He then left the premises.
The police were called and Stewart was later arrested at his friend's unit.
Officers observed him to be slurring his words and affected by alcohol.
Wollongong District Court judge Paul Conlon yesterday said there was no question Stewart was "significantly affected by alcohol" on the day and that he was trying to frighten the two people in the neighbouring unit.
"It was no doubt a frightening experience for these two female persons," he said.
"Intrusions into a person's home where they are entitled to feel safe and protected should always be regarded as a most serious offence by the courts."
However, Judge Conlon also accepted that Stewart had led a troubled life punctuated by an abusive childhood and alcohol and drug addiction.
The court heard that at the height of his alcohol abuse, Stewart was drinking 1 casks of wine a day.
He also noted that Stewart's "serious criminal offending" had tapered off since the early 2000s.
He agreed to suspend Stewart's prison term, but warned that if he didn't behave during the next nine months, he would find himself behind bars.