Siege shows illegal gun risks: magistrate

May 18, 2018

George Matte-Hado has been ordered to stand trial on firearm charges.

The dramatic Brighton terror siege that claimed the life of a hotel clerk is a tragic reminder of the unpredictable dangers and consequences of selling guns illegally, a Melbourne magistrate says.

Terrorist Yacqub Khayre, 29, used a sawn-off shotgun to kill Kai Hao and injure police officers at a Brighton apartment building in June 2017, claiming allegiance to Islamic State during the incident.

George Matte-Hado, 38, faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday accused of selling the double-barrelled shotgun to a middle man for $2000, but there is no allegation he knew what it would be used for.

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