Man found with loaded gun
A LOADED handgun and hunting knives were found in the car of a man police followed from a street where they were hunting a wanted man.
Mark David Nugent, 38, appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court charged with being in possession of a loaded handgun, two hunting knives and ammunition and driving without a licence.
His application for bail was refused.
Prosecutor Barbara Barton said police received information about 9.30am on Sunday that a wanted man had been sighted in Diplock Street in Frenchville.
She said a resident phoned police saying a number of men had visited a house in the street looking for Jason Niki Burley.
The court heard that shortly afterwards there were more 000 phone calls reporting three men in the street, one carrying a gun.
Ms Barton said the three men ran to a four-wheel-drive and drove off and they were followed by police to Northside Plaza shopping centre.
The court heard Nugent was the driver of the vehicle.
Ms Barton said there was a Beretta handgun with a bullet in the chamber and a hunting knife under the driver's seat.
Another knife with a 21cm blade was beside the driver's seat.
Inside the vehicle were a further 47 rounds for the handgun and two shotgun cartridges.
Defence solicitor Brian McGowran said his client had cooperated with police and had shown no sign of resistance.
He said there was no indication Nugent had any intention to use the weapons and his client was in the watchhouse while police searched for the wanted man.
Magistrate Cameron Press said it was a concern there was a bullet in the chamber of the gun.
He said the fact Nugent had failed to appear in court twice while on bail posed a substantial risk that he wouldn't appear in the future.
Mr Press ordered that Nugent be remanded in custody until his next court appearance tomorrow.
The three men travelling in the four-wheel-drive were taken to the Rockhampton watchhouse on Sunday morning, and one was released that evening without any charges against him. Another was charged with being in possession of a sawn-off shotgun, but didn't face court yesterday.