No bail for man over fake gun

A MAN who allegedly had a replica gun at King Street McDonald’s has been arrested after he went missing for nine months.
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Wayne Ronald Kellert and another person were found sleeping in the children’s playground of the restaurant at 6.30am on October 19 last year, a police statement said.

When the on-duty manager tried to wake them so the play area could be locked, Mr Kellert and his friend refused to move.

The manager then noticed the friend had a knife and called police.

By the time officers arrived Mr Kellert was sitting in the restaurant near a bag.

Officers found a toy gun that initially looked authentic due to an orange plastic plug at the end of the barrel having been painted black, the statement said.

The toy was found in the bag and Mr Kellert, 45, initially told police he knew nothing about it before saying he found it on the street.

He then told police that it was his friend’s whom he’d only met that night, the statement said.

Mr Kellert, of Padstow, was charged with possessing a replica revolver and was due to face court on March 10 this year.

A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to attend.

Solicitor Maria Walz said Mr Kellert had returned to Newcastle five days ago after living in the Northern Territory where he had received treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Mr Kellert had also travelled to New York for treatment for three months, Ms Walz said.

A registrar said Mr Kellert posed an unacceptable risk of not attending court and refused bail. The case was adjourned to Monday.