Chantelle Strnad has blown her supporters a kiss in court after pleading guilty to downgraded charges of using a semi-automatic weapon to intimidate and hindering a police investigation during a 2016 siege in Sydney’s south-west.
The 34-year-old faces a maximum 15-year penalty for each firearms offence, and a maximum seven years behind bars for hindering a police investigation.
Strnad was initially charged with murder and has been in custody since May 2016.
Mick Bassal, 44, was fatally shot and his brothers Mark and Terry Bassal were injured when 33-year-old Inline Signage employee Wayne Williams opened fire on them in March 2016.
The shooting sparked a six-hour standoff with police in Ingleburn that ended when Williams was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Strnad’s lawyer Lauren MacDougall said all parties had agreed Strnad did not touch, or discharge the weapon used to murder Mick Bassal at Inline Signage.
Rather, the charge of “using” the weapon refers to intimidation.
“The crown accepts that her liability is limited to being aware that Mr Williams had access to a firearm which he would use to intimidate the Bassal brothers, but not to point at, shoot at, or injure the brothers,” Ms MacDougall said.
“The crown relies upon the legal principle of extended joint criminal enterprise which in effect means that she was aware that Mr Williams had the gun which he would be prepared to use to intimidate.
“It is no part of the crown case that she ever held or used the firearm herself.”
The matter will return to court on July 9 for sentencing.