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Patrick Joseph Foresi has pleading guilty to charges of intimidation, possessing a loaded firearm, and possessing an unauthorized firearm.

The court heard Foresi was intoxicated on the evening of 23 January when he told his partner ‘I will shoot you or I will kill you’, during a domestic dispute.

The victim had followed Foresi upstairs and saw him retrieve a firearm from a closet, which he pointed at her head.

She pushed it away, went downstairs and woke her son and left the house for a friend’s place in Banora Point where she contacted the police.

When police attended the Falcon Way address, Foresi refused to speak on the telephone, prompting Tweed/Byron police to call in the State Protection Support Unit because a firearm was involved.

The SPSU arrived around 1am, with negotiators arriving at 2.40am.

The negotiators attempted to speak with Foresi twice but he hung up both times.

He finally surrendered at 3.35am.

During a search, the SPSU officers found a sawn-off bolt-action rifle with a fully loaded magazine. No round had been chambered.


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