A man who over two days repeatedly threatened to kill his neighbour while wielding two swords has been given a nine-month community-based order for the “utterly terrifying” episode. Michael Gerald Middleton appeared in Geraldton Magistrates Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to two charges of being armed in a way that may cause fear, and two charges of threatening to kill. On March 1 at 5pm, Middleton and his next-door neighbour had a argument outside their property in Rangeway. As the verbal altercation escalated, Middleton began to threaten his neighbour. “You’re a f...... dog and I’m going to kill you,” he said. Middleton then returned to his home, grabbed two swords, one 80cm long and the other 30cm long, and began banging them on the neighbour’s fence. Throughout that night, Middleton continued to yelling at the neighbour who was inside their property, which police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul White said frightened the neighbour’s two young children. The following morning Middleton continued to threaten the neighbour, and began swinging his swords. “I’ve done 17 years for murder and you’re next,” he said. Middleton had never been charged or convicted for murder, but the court was told he had previously been convicted for lesser charges such as driving offences. Magistrate Elaine Campione said the incidents, and the prolonged nature of Middleton’s actions, were concerning. “The incident must have been utterly terrifying for your neighbour and their kids,” Ms Campione said. The magistrate acknowledged Middleton’s early plea, and said he had treatment needs which could be addressed. He was sentenced to a nine-month community-based order.