Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Air pistol man charged

A local man appeared in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with possessing an air pistol and using it in a threatening manner.

Police were called to a disturbance in Flat Bastion Road on Monday and arrested Stephen Costa, who gave his address in court as 32/2 Prince Edward’s Road.

He had allegedly threatened to use the air pistol to shoot one of the people he had been arguing with.

Crown prosecutor Johan Fernandez told the court that Mr Costa had struggled violently as he was arrested and had head-butted one of the police officers in the chest.

Mr Costa faces charges of using threatening behaviour, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, along with possession of the air pistol and 116 pellets. He was also found in possession of a small amount of cannabis resin.

Mr Costa, who also faces a number of separate charges relating to previous incidents, was on bail at the time of his arrest on Monday.

The hearing was adjourned and he was remanded in custody.

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