Man could have been shot: Magistrate

MAGISTRATE Terry Lucas has praised police for not shooting a man who allegedly threatened officers with a gun. 

Rui Catahno De Freitas was granted bail in Orange Local Court on Friday after being charged with a string of firearm offences including handling a firearm under the influence of alcohol and assaulting a police officer.

“They could have put a hole through you sir,” Mr Lucas told Catahno De Freitas during his bail hearing.

“You were not stupid enough to point the gun at police.”

According to police facts, on February 6 Catahno De Freitas, 28, harassed his neighbours in Ningoola Way by knocking on their door at 1.30am and running away. 

He allegedly told them to shut up and move out when the neighbours complained. 

Police arrived at the scene and Catahno De Freitas hid behind his garage roller door.

Eventually he opened the roller door and said, “I’ve got my .22 here waiting for you”.

Police then put on their ballistic vests and called for back-up.

Police facts said one of the officers feared for his life, but Catahno De Freitas said the threat was not to police, rather it was aimed at his de-facto. 

In court Catahno De Freitas’s solicitor Rebecca McIlveen said her client was incredibly intoxicated at the time, but was not a regular drinker. 

“His mother-in-law has never seen him, the entire time she’s known him, to be intoxicated,” she said. 

Catahno De Freitas's mother in law and partner supported him in court. 

Mr Lucas gave him bail on the condition he did not consume any alcohol and lived away from Ningoola Way. 

He will reappear in court in May.

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