A Kojonup man who threatened to burn down his house while his terrified estranged partner and children were inside has been sent to prison for more than a year. Firefighters and police were called to Jeremiah Hakopa Walter Watene’s property on May 24 as he poured petrol from a jerry can around the rear of the house, Albany Magistrate’s Court was told. Before pouring the petrol, Watene had kicked doors and windows while demanding to be let into the home about 6pm. When police arrived, Watene armed himself with a kitchen knife in one hand and a sharpened one-metre pole in the other. Police had a 15-minute stand-off with the man before he was convinced to drop the weapons. He became aggressive towards officers again and was pepper sprayed and tasered before being handcuffed. Watene then apologised to officers, telling them, “Yeah, sorry about that, my fault”. Albany magistrate Raelene Johnston sentenced Watene to 15 months imprisonment last Friday. The 43-year-old pleaded guilty in June to charges of threatening to kill, obstructing officers and carrying a weapon to cause fear. During Watene’s June appearance, police prosecutor Sgt Alan Dean told Ms Johnston he was “at a loss as to what was going through the victim’s mind” as he argued for an immediate term of imprisonment. Ms Johnston on Friday said Watene’s threats were an “extreme” case of domestic violence. The court was told Watene had no violent offences on his record, leading the magistrate to say it was concerning his behaviour had escalated so dramatically. “People should feel safe and secure in their home,” she said. Sgt Dean said “one could only imagine” what was going through the head of the victim after Watene told her the home would burn.