– A “Sext message” taunt allegedly sparked wild gunfire in the suburbs after video images of a lewd act enraged a former boyfriend, a court heard yesterday.
Brent Middlebrook, 25, held his mobile phone in one hand and a double-barrel sawn-off shotgun in the other, blasting three shots into the air and another at a backyard “target” after receiving a text video involving his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, Heidelberg Magistrates Court was told.
Detective Senior Constable Liam O’Connor said the incident at Bardia Street, Heidelberg West, occurred adjacent to neighbouring houses, a construction site with workmen opposite and near to an Aldi supermarket.
The location of where several rounds ended up was unknown.
Mr Middlebrook allegedly received a taunting sex image on his phone on Tuesday before 10:30am and reacted by filming himself firing off the shotgun and sending the images in response, “in order to give them a fright”, the court heard.
“People on the work site saw him with the firearm and yelling on the phone,” Detective O’Connor said.
Mr Middlebrook, representing himself, told Magistrate Reginald Radford his former partner’s “new bloke” had sent the video.
“They were ringing me, that’s what started it,” he said.
Magistrate Radford refused to release Mr Middlebrook on bail, saying the multiple charges of reckless conduct endangering life and weapons offences in a populous place were very serious.
Magistrate Radford also noted there were questions about Mr Middlebrook’s claim he had found the shotgun, complete with ammunition and filed-off serial number, near commission houses about a week and a half ago.
Mr Middlebrook, who police said acknowledged “test firing” other shots into a target against a bin, also faces drug possession and stolen goods charges.
He was remanded in custody and ordered to reappear on August 15th – Mark Dunn


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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