A CHRISTMAS nightargument over a missing mobile phone and cash has allegedly prompted a man to fire a sawn-off shotgun into thewindscreen of a carwith four people sitting inside.
Christopher James McLoughneywas working to meet his strictconditions on Tuesday after being granted his liberty during a bail hearing at Newcastle Local Court.
Mr McLoughney, 28, was allegedly hiding under a Cessnock house when he was arrestedby Central Hunter police on Monday night, a day after he is accused offiringthe round that partially shattered the window.
Detectives allegethat four people arrived at the Mount View Road home of Mr Loughney’s girlfriend about 10pm on Christmas night.
They had travelled to the house after a man hadwoken to find his mobile phone and some cash missing.
Upon arrival, a 20-year-old manknocked on the front door before speaking witha woman.
Shortly afterwards, Mr McLoughney is alleged to have walked from inside the home with the sawn-off shotgun and fired into the Toyota HiLux from betweensix and eight metres away.
The pelletscaused significant damage to the windscreen near eye level with the driver, although they did fully penetrate.
The four people inside the car, including the female driver, were not physically injured by piecesof shattered glass.
They were able to escape before police were called.
The hunt continued until Mr McLoughney was allegedly found under a Wangi Avenue home about 8.50pm on Monday.
He waschargedwith firing a firearm in a manner that was likely to injure person, and possessing a unregistered, unauthorised andprohibited firearm inpublic.
He wasgrantedconditional bail in Newcastle, although it was understood he was unable on Tuesday to meet a surety placed as part of the bail conditions.