POLICE allege a man who wielded a shortened shotgun at patrons in a pub usedthe firearm two days before the bizarre incident near Gunnedah.
Phillip Jason Winsor chose not to appear in Tamworth Local Court on Monday afternoon, and instead remainedin the police cells when his case was called.
The 43-year-old is facing 11 firearm-related charges and made no application for bail during the brief proceedings after his solicitor said he needed more time before he lodged a fresh bid for release.
“I have instructions …we need to make some further enquiries in relation to bail,” solicitor Geoff Archer told the court.
The charges stem from incidents between September 20 and September 22 in Mullaley and Gunnedah.
Detectives allege Winsor had a 410 loaded shortened shotgun in his possession on September 20 and fired it as hetravelled along the Oxley Highway at Mullaley.
Winsor was allegedly carrying the firearm with disregard for his safety and others while he was in a black Holden Commodore along the highway.Police then allege between 9 and 9.25pm on Thursday, Winsor wielded the shortened shotgun at the Post Office Hotel, and then in the beer garden.
He’s also accused of being armed with the firearm during anaggravated enter dwelling of a residence of Nombi St, Mullaley, at the same time and being armed with intent to assault a man at the location.
Fairfax Mediaunderstands the firearm has not been recovered by police andWinsor has not been charged with robbery or stealing.
Winsor has been in custody since he was arrested by Gunnedah detectives at about 1.30pm on September 23.
“He’s had a prior bail application,” Magistrate Robert Williams said, examining the court papers on Monday.
Winsor was denied bail on Saturday in an out-of-sessions bail hearing in a Tamworth court after the court found he had not shown cause why his detention was not justified.
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