Fake gun accused excused from court

MARTY SHARPE
Last updated 14:49 22/01/2013

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A man accused of walking into a police station and pointing a fake firearm at officers on Christmas Day has been excused from appearing in court so he can receive psychiatric care.

Police allege that Vincent Mizzi, 44, walked into the Hastings Police Station foyer on Christmas morning before shouting profanities at a constable and threatening to stab him.

Police allege that when the constable asked another constable for assistance Mizzi lifted a realistic looking imitation firearm to his waist and pointed the barrel at the second constable.

The second constable fell backwards against the first and shouted ''he's got a gun''.

Police allege that Mizzi ''momentarily maintained his stance with the barrel aimed at the constable who lay on the floor before him''.

Mizzi then dropped the imitation firearm. He was arrested as he attempted to leave the station foyer.

Earlier in the morning, at about 12.30am, police had been called to Mizzi's address to help security officers seize his stereo system due to noise complaints.

Mizzi was charged with possessing a firearm, assaulting police with a weapon and threatening to kill.

He was excused from Hastings District Court today and was remanded in custody until next month.

Contact Marty Sharpe
Hawke's Bay reporter
Email: marty.sharpe@dompost.co.nz

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