A man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a man after an argument over his pet.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how Arron Morgan believed David Gray posed some sort of threat to his pet and warned him he would kill him after a row last summer.
Mr Morgan broke into Mr Gray's home in Hendon and turned on the gas hoping Mr Gray would light a cigarette and blow himself up.
The court heard how Arron Morgan realised he was risking someone's life and raised the alarm before any actual damage was done.
Mr Morgan pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill and burglary.
Judge James Goss QC sentenced Arron Morgan to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision and a three-month night time curfew.
Police are investigating after a woman was raped in Sunderland. A 25-year-old left the Ling Sun takeaway on Vine Street, Hendon, at 2.30am. She found herself on Prospect Row some time later, she was distressed and knocked on someone's door for help.
Police want to speak to anyone with any information.