A MAN who menaced federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon at a pre-Anzac Day ceremony in Altona - and pointed his hand in the shape of a gun at her head - was later found to own five firearms, including three 12-gauge shotguns.
Mark Steven Andrew, 52, confronted Ms Roxon and state Labor parliamentarian Jill Hennessy and told them he would ''like to shoot you both'' and made threatening comments to others about slitting the MPs' throats with a hunting knife.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday heard that Andrew approached the MPs after the ceremony outside the council offices in Altona on April 22 and told Ms Hennessy: ''I can't believe my luck. I've got two of you in the one place, which makes it easier to take you both out.''
Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg was told Andrew, a disability support pensioner, was socially isolated but without mental health issues.
The MPs described Andrew, who pleaded guilty to two charges of making a threat to kill, as angry, agitated and determined.
Ms Roxon and Ms Hennessy, whose five-year-old daughter was present, were attending the ceremony that began at the RSL branch before moving to a memorial at the council offices where wreaths were laid.
Prosecutor Stephen Young told the court that after the ceremony, when Andrew made his first remark, Ms Hennessy feared that she and her child might be in danger and had stepped closer to Ms Roxon and her assistant.
Mr Young said Andrew had expressed views about politicians in an aggressive tone such as ''Bloody politicians, you should all be dead'' and ''I'm spewing I don't have a gun with me … I'd like to take you out … I'll shoot you.''
Mr Young said Andrew had continued to move closer to the MPs and made more threatening remarks. Ms Roxon told him his comments were not necessary and he then ''came closer to her and, making his hand like a gun and pointing it at her head, said, 'Especially you. Bang.''' The women then went to their cars ''as quickly as possible''.
Andrew was arrested at 1.25am on Anzac Day outside his Altona home, where police found the firearms he lawfully owned.
Ms Roxon said later she had been ''very disconcerted and felt quite anxious'' and that Andrew had been ''fairly menacing''.
Ms Hennessy said the incident was ''very distressing and confronting'' and she had felt threatened, particularly by Andrew's reference to the use of firearms.
Defence lawyer Melinda Walker said Andrew's remorse for his spontaneous actions was significant and genuine - he has written apologies to both women - and he had the support of his parents and sister.
Ms Walker said Andrew took strong medication for chronic intestinal pain and had drunk beer on the day but had not been intoxicated.
Mr Young said jail was the only appropriate sentence while Mr Rozencwajg described the conduct as a serious example of the offence made more serious by the subjects being public officials. Andrew was bailed for sentencing on August 22.