Bikie pointed gun at Barrack Heights residents: court

A member of an outlaw motorcycle gang thrust a firearm at a man during a violent home invasion in Barrack Heights, before turning the rifle on the man's mother, Wollongong Local Court has heard.

Brett Bartholomew Lago, 35, is accused of breaking into the pair's home on March 11, demanding money from the man before pointing a gun at him and yelling: "Have you ever been threatened by a bikie?"

Police claim Lago, of Lake Illawarra, went to the pair's home with a male co-accused, who cannot be named, under the guise of recovering $750 they believed the man had stolen from them.

After letting themselves in, Lago allegedly started demanding the cash.

When the man refused to pay, Lago allegedly pulled out a .22 calibre Winchester rifle from his jacket, pointed it at the man and threatened him.

The terrified victim gave $85 to the co-accused but Lago demanded more money, the court heard.

The man offered to hand over his $150 credit card, along with another $350 the following week and an iPod.

Police claim Lago then saw a laptop computer and told the co-accused to take it, thrusting the gun into the victim's chest and saying: "Who's the king around here?"

It is alleged Lago then struck the co-accused with the rifle and ordered him to take the computer before he pointed the weapon at the man's mother and warned: "Want a piece of this as well?"

The pair eventually left, with Lago allegedly yelling: "Don't call the cops or there'll be hell to pay".

The following day, police searched Lago's home where he allegedly admitted to possessing the unregistered rifle.

Officers also discovered clothing he had been wearing during the offence, along with ammunition, drugs and the stolen laptop and iPod, the court was told.

Lago was charged with aggravated breaking and entering, possessing an unauthorised and unregistered firearm, not keeping a firearm safely, possessing ammunition and possessing drugs.

The co-accused was also arrested and allegedly named Lago as his co-offender.

Opposing Lago's bid for bail on Wednesday, Crown solicitor Anali Cabrera noted the accused was a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang and there was serious concern for the safety of witnesses and the community.

Defence solicitor Gary Leo told the court his client could live with his parents in Unanderra, would report to police daily and would abide by a curfew.

Mr Leo said Lago would also agree not to contact any witnesses.

Magistrate Geraldine Beattie refused bail and adjourned the matter to May 7.

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