Teen pulled 'gun' on cops, court told



A TWEED Heads youth who allegedly pointed a replica pistol at an off-duty policeman was yesterday refused bail in the Byron Bay Children's Court.

The youth, 17, will face Tweed Heads Court on August 13 for sentencing.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, possessing a prohibited weapon without a permit, and maliciously destroying or damaging property.

The charges arose from an incident at Murwillumbah yesterday about 2am.

The court heard that Sen Const Dean Wilson was asleep at the Murwillumbah Police Station residence, which is attached to the station.

Sen Const Wilson and his wife and one of their children awoke to an argument on the street outside the residence.

The police officer opened the door and saw the boy outside the gate of the residence.

Sen Const Wilson said: "How about you be quiet?"

The teenager replied: "I'm sorting some shit out." He then pulled a pistol from his pants and said "How about this?" showing the side of the pistol and pointing it at Sen Const Wilson.

The teenager then opened the gate and entered the property. At that point Sen Const Wilson believed the pistol to be real and was worried he might be shot.

The police officer went back inside and shut the front door.

Sen Const Wilson then sought assistance from Tweed Heads police as he was terrified the teenager would enter the residence and harm his%family.

The court heard that as the young person left the premises he threw a bottle at the front glass doors of the police station breaking a pane of glass.

An officer from Tweed Heads police arrived and with Sen Const Wilson patrolled the area looking for the youth. A short time later they located him and performed a 'high-risk arrest'.

Both officers drew their%firearms and ordered the teenager to drop the firearm. He threw it to the ground, the court was told.

No application was made for bail and magistrate Jeff Linden remanded the teenager in custody for sentencing at Tweed Heads Local Court.

He ordered an urgent juvenile justice report be prepared.



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