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Ian George Jones appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday after spending the weekend in the mental health unit at Lismore Base Hospital.

The 46 year-old is charged with five counts of stalking and intimidation, firing a gun likely to injure persons or property, possessing an unregistered gun and ammunition, armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and assault.

Police were called to a home on Heather Avenue, Goonellabah, about 1.20 pm after reports of a man making threats at the premises.

A perimeter was established and specialist police negotiators were brought in to liaise with Mr Jones, who was armed with a .22 calibre Browning rifle with a scope, during a tense two hour standoff.

Earlier in the day, police said Mr Jones had fired the rifle and threatened to kill a 43 year-old man and a woman, 36, who were at the residence.

During the standoff, one of the people tried to negotiate with Mr Jones while the other person hid on the property.

The home was surrounded by heavily armed tactical police and Mr Jones surrendered about 3.30 pm.

After spending the weekend in hospital, Mr Jones was considered to no longer be mentally unwell and he was released into police custody.

Solicitor Tom Trembath said a mental health assessment would be conducted on Mr Jones this week.

Mr Trembath said Mr Jones had recently moved to Lismore from Mackay to be in a relationship with the 36 year-old woman.

He applied for bail on behalf of Mr Jones but admitted he faced very serious charges.

The court heard Mr Jones could reside at Mackay with his brother and report to Mackay police station and comply with any bail conditions set.

Mr Trembath said Mr Jones disputed many aspects of the charges.

Magistrate Jeff Linden refused Mr Jones bail, citing an unacceptable risk of him endangering the community and committing another offence.

He adjourned Mr Jones’ matters until today, December 7 at Lismore Local Court.


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