Police have charged a man after he allegedly pointed a 45 calibre pistol at his four-year-old daughter and pulled the trigger before allowing her to play with the high-powered weapon.
During an investigation into illegal firearms, officers uncovered mobile phone video footage which allegedly shows the man sky-larking with one of the Colt .45 handguns before pointing it at his daughter. Luckily, police said the weapon did not discharge.
Officers say footage also allegedly shows the child playing with the automatic pistol and pulling the trigger, without effect.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
“Allowing a child to play with a firearm of any kind is reprehensible and is a serious criminal offence,” Assistant Commissioner, Mark Murdoch, said.
As part of their inquiries, police seized a 25-calibre Walther TP-model pistol, two Colt 1911 45-calibre automatic pistols and a Bentley-brand 12-guage shotgun from addresses at Revesby and Granville.
The 32-year-old Revesby man was today charged with six offences including four counts of illegal firearm possession; allow unauthorised person possess firearm and production/possession of child abuse material (firearm).
Detectives say that due to the serious nature of the charges, the man has been ordered to face Burwood Local Court tomorrow, Tuesday 1 August, via audio-visual link.