Man who aimed a gun at pregnant woman fails to front court

A Ballarat magistrate has issued a warrant to arrest a man who aimed a handgun at a pregnant woman and her friend outside a Mair Street medical clinic.

Brendan Heath Lord was expected to be sentenced at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Wednesday, however he did not appear.

He pleaded guilty on February 9 to nine charges, including reckless conduct endangering life and being a prohibited person possessing a firearm, in relation to two separate incidents in March and January.

Magistrate Ronald Saines released Lord on bail after 38 days in pre-sentence detention, warning him to comply with all court orders until his sentencing date on March 14.

Defence lawyer Mike Wardell told the court on Wednesday Lord had not appeared for his hearing.

Mr Saines then issued a warrant for his arrest.

On January 2 Lord was attending an antenatal appointment in Mair Street with his pregnant partner at the same time as the victim and her friend.

Outside the clinic, Lord was pacing up and down the footpath when he said, “where is the bastard?”, referring to the victim’s partner.

Lord followed the victim and friend to their car, they got inside, and he produced the handgun, making a shooting motion towards them. He did this a second time.

When Lord was arrested, they located a .22 caliber homemade gun. He told police he made the gun to see if he could make one.