Guilty plea over hand­gun in pub

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

A WOMAN who drunk­enly car­ried a hand­gun into a pub and told se­cu­rity she was go­ing to shoot the man who broke her grand­daugh­ter’s legs pleaded guilty to a range of charges in Launce­s­ton yesterday.

Supreme Court Jus­tice Robert Pearce heard that Punch­bowl woman Ka­t­rina Gail Chick, 53, en­tered The Com­mer­cial Ho­tel in Launce­s­ton and be­gan talk­ing to a se­cu­rity guard on Oc­to­ber 5, 2018.

The guard heard her say, “I’m go­ing to shoot this guy, he broke my grand­daugh­ter’s legs”. Chick was wit­nessed by pa­trons of the ho­tel to be car­ry­ing a gun, which she tucked into her top be­fore po­lice ar­rived and ar­rested her.

Chick has pleaded guilty to be­ing un­law­fully armed in pub­lic, han­dling a firearm while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, han­dling a firearm with­out a li­cence, hav­ing an un­reg­is­tered firearm and re­sist­ing po­lice.

Po­lice de­ter­mined the gun was a blanks pis­tol, in work­ing or­der, but un­able to fire pro­jec­tiles. The 6mm gun re­quired a cat­e­gory H firearm li­cence.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Luke Brett said the fact the gun could only shoot blanks min­imised the dan­ger to the pub­lic, but the pub­lic who saw the gun were not to know that.

In Chick’s de­fence, lawyer Fran McCracken said Chick never in­tended to hurt any­body, but wanted to be ar­rested so she could es­cape her stress­ful fam­ily.

She said Chick knew the man she be­lieved hurt her grand­daugh­ter would not be there, and only told se­cu­rity she was go­ing to shoot the man so she would be taken se­ri­ously and be ar­rested.

Ms McCracken said the in­ci­dent was a “cry for help”.

Chick has been in cus­tody since the in­ci­dent and is ex­pected to be sen­tenced on Mon­day.

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