THE man accused of bringing a loaded pistol into King Street Hotel on Saturday night and using it to threaten another patron was subject to an order banning him from owning or acquiring any firearms, according to court documents.
Jake Thomas McDougall, 29, of Merewether, appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday charged with acquiring a prohibited firearm subject to a prohibition order, possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, possession of an unregistered firearm, not keeping a firearm safely and intimidation.
Mr McDougall, who was represented by solicitor Craig Eade, did not enter any pleas and the matter was adjourned until October 25 to determine whether or not the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is going to elect to prosecute the matter.
If the DPP elects, the matters could ultimately be dealt with in Newcastle District Court, where Mr McDougall would face tougher maximum penalties if convicted.
Police were called to King Street Hotel late on Saturday night after a patron reported being threatened by a man with a gun.
Police say the spoke to Mr McDougall and allegedly found a loaded pistol, described in court documents as being “small”, hidden in his pants.
He was arrested and taken to Newcastle police station where he was charged and refused bail.
He did not apply for release in Newcastle Bail Court on Sunday or again on Thursday and will remain in custody until October 25.
The maximum penalty for acquiring a prohibited firearm when subject to an order is 14 years in jail.