Mandurah: Vietnam vet charged after allegedly firing gun at wife

A MAN in his 70s, who is alleged to have fired a gun at his wife in May, was denied bail in Mandurah Magistrates Court on June 27.

The accused, who cannot be named to protect his victim, was remanded in custody at Hakea Prison and appeared via videolink.

Counsel for the accused requested that his client be released due to mental health issues and limited access to medication.

He described his client as a Vietnam War veteran who had served his country, but struggled with post traumatic stress disorder.

The police prosecutor said on May 30, an argument between the accused and his wife became heated.

His wife said the accused was on their bed with the firearm lying next to him. He allegedly picked up the gun and said, “I’m going to kill you.”

When she went outside the accused is alleged to have shot at her from the back door.

In a statement to police, the wife said the gun made a very loud noise and she “felt the projectile go past her”.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards said she had concerns for the man’s physical safety and the safety of his wife.

She ordered that he remain in custody until his next appearance on August 9.

He is expected to plead not guilty to being armed in a way to cause fear, discharging a firearm to cause fear, threatening to kill and doing an act which resulted in life, safety or health being endangered.

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