Shooting drama like scene from 'Mad Max', court hears

THE events which led to a 29-year-old man being treated for a gunshot wound to his upper left arm at Copmanhurst have been likened to something out of a Mad Max film.

Brothers Lloyd and Wade Death, and co-accused Kurtis Young, 29, appeared in Grafton Local Court yesterday, all charged with firearm-related offences following a shooting incident at Stockyard Creek Rd shortly before 2.30pm on Saturday.

Police were notified of the shooting when a 41-year-old man contacted the Grafton station and advised them that he was being shot at on his property.

As Lloyd Death, 41, appeared in court via video link yesterday afternoon charged with firing a firearm in a manner likely to injure person, reckless wounding, use unauthorised firearm, and possess unauthorised firearm, police prosecutor Sgt Nick Wiles made a case for any bail application to be refused due to the serious nature of the allegations.

Police believe the shooting resulted from a dispute between neighbouring property owners.

Sgt Wiles noted that there were still firearms outstanding from the alleged offence, and said if the accused was allowed bail there was an opportunity to tamper with evidence.

The defence counsel dismissed allegations made by brother Wade Death and Kurtis Young, that Lloyd was firing a gun at them while riding a motorbike, as fanciful and said that while the facts read like a "Mad Max movie", he indicated that the charges against Lloyd Death would be defended, although no plea has been entered by any of the accused.

The defence counsel said the 41-year-old admitted to putting a gun on his bed and later firing four shots from his home, but only after the two men shot at him.

None of the three men is a licensed firearms holders and none of the weapons used is registered.

In relation to the gunshot wound suffered by the 29-year-old, the defence said a different story, involving a dog bite, would be told. Magistrate Denes said the prosecution case seemed to be strong, and the overwhelming factor in her inclination to refuse a bail application was the serious nature of the offences.

None of the three accused made a formal bail application. Their hearings have been adjourned until May 4.


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