A SCOTTSDALE man who pulled a sawn-off shotgun on a couple in Devonport was later found with drugs in his car and a 15-year-old girl in his hotel room, a court has heard.
The man, who according to his lawyer is caught in the middle of Launceston's armed feud, claimed he was carrying the firearm for protection at the time.
Yesterday Carl Maxwell Hall, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, firearm charges and possessing oxycontin - an opiate known as hillbilly heroin.
The court heard Hall was driving through Devonport in May when he exchanged words with another motorist.
Hall then drove up beside the car and pointed his shotgun at the driver and passenger before driving off.
The couple pursued Hall in their car to get his number plate, a move lawyer Evan Hughes said showed they weren't seriously in fear of his client.
Two days later police found Hall holed-up in a Scottsdale hotel room with a teenager.
He was arrested and a search of his car turned up a loaded shotgun, a machete and a knife.
The oxycontin and a small amount of cannabis were also discovered.
The shotgun was stolen from a St Leonards address in 2010, police prosecutor Mike Bonde said.
Mr Hughes said Hall had received death threats and had his car shot up because he'd refused to takes sides in a feud playing out in the streets of Launceston.
"Unfortunately his failure to pledge allegiance to one camp has seen him threatened by both," Mr Hughes said.
He said Hall almost lost his life last year when stabbed in the stomach with a bayonet, an event which has left him reliant on valium.
Launceston Magistrate Simon Brown adjourned the matter for sentence on August 26.
Hall, currently serving a one- year prison sentence, was taken back in to remand.