BROTHERS IN ARMS: Court told man feared for his life as gun was pointed

TWO West Albury brothers had pointed a rifle with what appeared to be a silencer attached at another man in the early hours of Thursday morning, a court heard yesterday.

The victim was standing four to five metres away from Brett and Daniel Walker when the firearm was produced.

The victim feared he was going to be shot as the rifle, about 80 centimetres long with a large bolt part fitted to the nozzle, was pointed at him.

But the Walker brothers fled when the victim’s father turned up, running through a vacant block to their home in Banksia Street.

Magistrate Tony Murray was told in Albury Local Court that police set up a perimeter after the brothers refused to come out.

Their father had heard an angle grinder being used and police later found several gun parts, including the barrel, in a garbage bin in the back yard.

A wooden rifle butt was found in the top of a laundry cupboard.

Both men were arrested and have denied allegations relating to the possession of a gun.

Brett Walker, 28, appeared in custody on charges of assault, possessing an unregistered firearm in a public place, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, intimidation and self-administering a prohibited drug.

Daniel Walker, 31, has been charged with assault, intimidation, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, possessing an unregistered firearm in a public place and resisting police.

Mr Murray was told Brett Walker denied in an interview with detectives the allegations against him.

But after the interview, he allegedly said: “It wasn’t my gun. It didn’t even work. I got it from a mate in Acacia Street”.

Police prosecutor Sgt Andrew Pike opposed bail for the brothers.

“Primarily the prosecution concerns are the safety of the community and the victim,” Sgt Pike said.

He said Brett Walker was on bail for other matters and his record indicated a propensity to disobey court orders.

Sgt Pike said the victim lived near where the brothers reside.

The charges have been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions office at Wagga to consider whether it takes over the matters.

Mr Murray refused bail for both men and adjourned the charges until next week.