I'll shoot you both - gun owner threatened MPs

A MAN who menaced the federal Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, at a pre-Anzac Day ceremony in Melbourne this year - and pointed his hand in the shape of a gun at her head - was found to own five firearms, including three 12-gauge shotguns.

Mark Steven Andrew, 52, confronted Ms Roxon and state Labor MP Jill Hennessy and told them he would ''like to shoot you both'' and made threatening comments to others about slitting the MPs' throats with a hunting knife.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday heard Andrew first approached the MPs after the ceremony outside council offices in the south-west suburb of Altona on April 22 and told Ms Hennessy: ''I can't believe my luck. I've got two of you in the one place which makes it easier to take you both out.''

The magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg was told Andrew, a disability support pensioner, was socially isolated but without mental health issues. The MPs described Andrew, who pleaded guilty to two charges of making a threat to kill, as angry, agitated and determined. Ms Roxon and Ms Hennessy, whose five-year-old daughter was present, attended the ceremony which began at the RSL and proceeded to a memorial at the offices where wreaths were laid about 3.15pm.

The prosecutor Stephen Young told the court the MPs were formally introduced and, after the ceremony when Andrew made his first remark, Ms Hennessy feared she and her child may be in danger.

Mr Young said Andrew expressed views about politicians in an aggressive tone such as ''bloody politicians, you should all be dead'' and ''I'm spewing I don't have a gun with me … I'd like to take you out … I'll shoot you.''

Ms Roxon stated later she was ''very disconcerted and felt quite anxious''.

Andrew was bailed for sentencing on August 22.

The story I'll shoot you both - gun owner threatened MPs first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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