Western suburbs doctor’s lawyer gets more time to defend gun and domestic violence charges

Western suburbs doctor’s lawyer gets more time to defend gun and domestic violence charges

FIREARMS and domestic violence charges alleged against a western suburbs gynaecologist will next be heard on March 18 after his lawyer successfully argued for more time at Perth Magistrates Court this morning.

“We will be making submissions to police that the charges should be dropped as there were no offence committed,” lawyer Ross Williamson said.

The man is a graduate of the University of WA who was admitted to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

He specialises in gynaecological surgery, treating women with cancers affecting their reproductive organs at a Perth clinic.

Currently bailed, the doctor faces charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition and not properly storing both.

He is also accused of possessing a bulletproof vest, two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon and two breaches of family violence restraining orders.

Outside the court, Mr Williamson said the alleged taser-like weapon was a novelty barbecue lighter bought in the United States, and his client was unaware the bullet-proof vest was illegal in Australia when it was bought, also in the US.

He said there had been a “misunderstanding” about the calibre of ammunition delivered for his client’s rifle.

Magistrate Elizabeth Woods granted a request the accused did not need to appear in person next month.

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