I really hope that he gets off, if it was genuine self defense, which it seems like it was.T'S staggering that a man who tried to defend his home from armed intruders is now facing a manslaughter charge, a court has been told.
Kane Robert Cook, 29, is accused of shooting a man he claims broke into his Gold Coast hinterland home in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The injured man fled but collapsed and bled to death in the street where Mr Cook lives.
As Mr Cook faced the Southport Magistrates Court today, defence lawyer Bill Potts said his client was the real victim in the case.
He said Mr Cook had simply been trying to defend "his home, his castle" but had now been lumbered with a manslaughter charge.
"What kind of world is it we live in when a person who defends his own home from invasion can be opposed bail and then charged?" Mr Potts told the court.
Police told the court Mr Cook should not be granted bail, but the magistrate decided to free him, on the condition he report to police once a week.
The court was told Mr Cook had been out and returned home to find a group of intruders inside his home.
Police prosecutor Glenn Whittle said a struggle broke out and the deceased, 34, of Sydney, was shot.
He said the dead man's World War II Luger 9mm pistol was used in the shooting.
Mr Cook had it in his hand when he went to his neighbour's home and told them: "Call police, call ambos, I shot someone", Sergeant Whittle told the court.
Mr Cook was allowed inside to call triple 0 and told the operator he'd shot someone and had been robbed, Sgt Whittle said.
He also told his neighbour of the struggle and how he managed to grab a gun off one intruder and shoot him.
When police arrived, they found a pool of blood outside the house.
When they followed the blood trail up the street, they found the body of a man who'd bled to death from a gunshot wound to the upper leg.
The court was told police found a Holden Commodore nearby, registered to the Benowa address where the deceased had been staying.
Inside the car was a black balaclava, a jewellery box carrying the name Stephanie, a homemade club and amphetamines.
When police searched the Benowa home on the Gold Coast, they found a mud map of Mr Cook's house with Mr Cook's name on it, the court was told.
The case will return to court on October 4.