A company director brandished a loaded shotgun at a taxi driver and loaded it three times before threatening to kill him, a court heard.
Businessman James Willmott, 37, allegedly cocked the 4ft weapon in the direction of the driver after being dropped back at his country home following a night out in Cardiff city centre.
Cardiff Crown Court heard taxi driver Hanifur Rehman thought he was “finished” and believed he was going to be shot dead by the boss of the accident claims company.
The driver had picked up Willmott, director of All Claims Management, and his five friends from Cardiff city centre to drive them back to the businessman’s large countryside home around 2am on December 23 last year.
But Willmott allegedly told the driver “I’ve got a gun inside the house” after disputing the agreed £40 fare and accused him of trespassing on his property.
Prosecutor Emma Harris said: “There was a disagreement about the cost of the journey.
“Willmott became a bit aggressive and Mr Rehman became worried about his behaviour and moved his taxi a little down the driveway.
“Willmott said: ‘Why are you coming inside my house?’. He then said: ‘I’ve got a gun inside my house’ and disappeared inside.”
Mr Rehman – a taxi driver for 12 years – said he thought the businessman was joking about the weapon but made a 999 call to police as a precaution.
But he told the court through an interpreter he thought he was “finished” when Willmott returned carrying a long black hunting shotgun.
Mr Rehman said: “While I was still talking to the police he came with a gun in his hands.
“He raised his hand and said: ‘I told you. This is the gun’.
“He lifted the gun and loaded it three times and it made a clicking sound.
“I was thinking this is the end of me. I’m going to be finished today.”
Mr Rehman said a male friend pulled Willmott away before he eventually paid the £40 cab fare.
He said Willmott told him before he drove off “If you come here again I’ll kill you” and warned him: “I’ve got five more guns like this one”.
Armed police swooped on Willmott’s home at Warren Farm in Pendoylan, near Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan , after Mr Rehman continued his phone call with police.
PC David Watkins said he was told by police control Willmott lived at the address and held a firearms licence and performed an “armed containment” of the property before demanding he come out.
He said: “Willmott and a female came out of the front of the property towards us. I directed him towards me and I handcuffed him and took him away from the front of the premises.
“Initially there was a reluctance to tell me where his gun cabinet was and where the key was. There was toing and froing.”
Inside the house police found “several weapons” with some stored in a safe gun cabinet and one resting against his wardrobe.