Alleged Poatina shooter confused in court

A RAVENSWOOD man has told the court he didn't know why he was there after being arraigned on an attempted murder charge yesterday.

Cameron James Brasher, 25, has pleaded not guilty to attempting to murder Tasmania Police constable Adrian Eyers at Poatina on Tuesday.

Police will allege that Mr Brasher shot at the officer with a sawn-off double-barrel shotgun on Poatina Hill.

Appearing disoriented in the Launceston Magistrates Court, Mr Brasher asked for his children and said he was "deaf in one ear for some reason".

The defendant is facing 20 charges including the aggravated assault of police Inspector Matt McCreadie by allegedly shooting at him.

Mr Brasher who did not have legal representation had the charges read to him by magistrate Simon Brown.

They included threatening Constable Adam Jago by allegedly telling the officer he would one day be shot at while walking down the street.

Mr Brasher has been charged with stealing a Ford Falcon from an Avis car rental site between February 20 to 25.

He has been charged with stealing petrol from Latrobe and Derwent Bridge and groceries from Ouse IGA.

Mr Brasher is facing 11 firearms charges and resisting and evading police.

After reading out the charges Mr Brown said Mr Brasher should seriously consider seeking legal advice.

"WelI I don't know what there is to think about I didn't commit any of the crimes so I don't know why I'm here," he said.

Mr Brown asked if he was pleading not guilty in that case.

"Well of course I'm not guilty, I didn't commit the crime," he said.

Pleas of not guilty were entered to all charges.

Mr Brown committed Mr Brasher to stand trial in the Supreme Court in Launceston for the alleged attempted murder and aggravated assault.

He was remanded in custody to appear there on April 28.

All other matters were adjourned to the Magistrates Court for a date to be fixed.

His partner who was arrested on Tuesday was charged with three counts of stealing and bailed by police to appear in court at a later date.

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