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A London Underground worker shot a terrified partygoer at point-blank range during a two-day drinking binge in Canterbury.
Kieron Dyer, 19, twice fired an air rifle at Chelsey Wall after arming himself with the weapon following a drunken row.
The pellets struck his 21-year-old victim in the hand, but young father Dyer continued his drunken rampage - spitting at two police officers investigating the shooting.
Now Dyer, of Forrester Close, Canterbury, has been sent to a young offenders' institution for 25 months after a judge told him his behaviour had been "obnoxious and aggressive".
The court heard how Dyer had been with friends in Canterbury, including Miss Wall, but became so drunk on vodka his behaviour deteriorated and he was thrown out.
But Dyer, who had been binge-drinking for two days, kept returning – the final time armed with the weapon.
Judge James O'Mahony told him: "You were drunk from the previous night and that drinking carried on right through the day."
Dyer admitted possessing the weapon intending to frighten Miss Wall, assault causing actual bodily harm and two common assaults.
The judge added: "You were consuming huge quantities of vodka. And a drunken intent is no less an intent.
"Your behaviour was completely obnoxious and aggressive and it culminated in you going away and returning to the party having armed yourself with a loaded air gun."
Prosecutor Karl Volz told the court how Dyer began threatening Miss Wall and twice fired at her, hitting her in a finger.
The judge told him: "She didn't know that it was just an air gun. She must have been frightened out of her wits and you caused her some injury."
When police officers Lee Cheeseman and Daniel Carmen arrived at the party, Dyer was still in "such a foul drunken mood" he spat at them, which the judge said was another "nasty offence".
The judge told the teenage father: "At the ripe age of 19 you have a drink problem. You are in a relationship and have a child. What a role model you are!"
Dyer's lawyer Ian Bond said the teenager had been drinking "when he couldn't handle his drink".
"But he is a hard worker and this incident was entirely out of character," he added.
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