A man who was arrested by police on New Year’s Day and charged with careless use of a firearm was given a six-month suspended sentence in a Mistissini traveling court January 12.

At 7 am the morning of January 1, Mathew Swallow came out of his house in a drunken state waving a semi-automatic .22-calibre rifle, according to Mistissini’s Police Chief Calvin Blacksmith.

Police apprehended him quickly before any damage could be done.

Luckily, the firearm had malfunctioned and no one was injured.

He received a light sentence, according to Blacksmith, because he has no previous convictions.

There was no apparent motive.