In In the Courts by Clyde Mooney

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A Central Coast man could see years in prison after bringing a loaded pistol into a Newcastle late-night hotel.

29-year-old Jake Thomas McDougall pleaded guilty in Newcastle Local Court last week, via CCTV link from prison, to acquiring a prohibited firearm while subject to a prohibition order, using an unauthorised pistol, and intimidation.

Last September, detectives had found in McDougall’s possession a “shortened” firearm, as well as a .38 calibre Smith & Wesson revolver and a .22 calibre rifle. He was charged with possession of an unauthorised pistol, possession of a shortened firearm without authority, and a string of other firearm offences.

He has pleaded not guilty to those charges, and the matter remains before the Local Court for hearing.

Remington single shot .22 calibre

In October, just before midnight, McDougall produced a gun whilst inside the King Street Hotel nightclub, and threatened another man, who alerted security.

Police arrived and found hidden on his person a loaded .22 calibre single-shot pistol.

McDougall was arrested at the scene and charged, and subsequently refused bail.

He will appear again in June for a sentencing date. The maximum penalty for just the charge relating to acquiring a prohibited firearm when subject to an order is 14 years.

Other charges will be taken into consideration when he is eventually sentenced in Newcastle District Court.

He already has a history of violence. Records show he was convicted in 2009 of glassing a former acquaintance, at a pub.

King Street Hotel. Image: website