Security guards feared man had gun

A REAL estate agent has been arrested in Byron Bay following a scare involving security staff at the Beach Hotel.

Robert John Power, 35,appeared in custody before a Lismore Bail Court yesterday charged with two counts of stalking/intimidating the security guards at the popular hotel on Tuesday night; high-range drink-driving (0.165); driving while disqualified; and giving police a false name.

Power remains in police custody after having his parole revoked for a prior matter in Sydney.

It is believed Power was holidaying at Byron Bay with family who are local residents when the alleged offences took place at 4.40pm.

Power is accused by police of driving his white Toyota ute under the influence of alcohol in the wrong direction along Bay Street, which is a one-way road, before parking it outside the Beach Hotel.

He apparently walked over to two security guards demanding to know where another guard was who had evicted him the previous night, saying that he had something for him.

The guards told police he was behaving aggressively and held a cylinder-shaped object beneath a cloth. Fearing it was a gun, the hotel security guards called police.

Power drove off and police arrested him minutes later down the road. No gun was found, but a search of his ute found a cloth and a plumbing valve. A breath test gave a blood/alcohol reading of 0.165.

Defence lawyer Amy Barker acknowledged there were two warrants against her client, but said he intended to plead not guilty to a previous charge of stealing a motor vehicle.

The Lismore Court Registrar adjourned the matteruntil January 4.



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