Paranoid man points gun and threatens to kill hotel tenant

A Warrenheip man who allegedly threatened to shoot another man at the Brewery Tap Hotel Motel in May this year has been bailed to appear in the Ballarat Magistrate’s Court on August 6.

Russell Collins-Roe, who faces a raft of firearms, drugs, assault and violence charges allegedly committed at Bairnsdale and Warrenheip between January 27 and 15 May this year, allegedly threatened to kill a man with a homemade pipe shot gun on May 14.

Collins-Roe is accused of manufacturing a firearm, pointing the gun at a hotel tenant and threatening to “ shoot” him after the man tried to “calm him down” and asked him to go back to his room to let everyone get some sleep. 

Police were called to the hotel at 11.46pm on May 14 to find Collins-Roe “irrational” and expressing “a high degree of of paranoia”. 

The accused allegedly stated he “needed a firearm for self protection” and that he takes “the gun into the shower with him” because “criminals, corrupt police and hit men have attempted to murder him” numerous times.

Following his arrest at the hotel, police allegedly found one loaded and one unloaded homemade pipe shot gun, a white crystal substance, metal pipes and a tool box in Collins-Roe’s room.

The court was told Collins-Roe, who is a carer for his elderly and ill mother, had since sorted out accommodation for them both and was co-operating in a drug and alcohol control program.

Magistrate Alsop extended bail until August 6 and imposed strict reporting conditions, including a night curfew.