A Perth lawyer who was allegedly caught with a loaded handgun in her car during a dramatic police “take-out” has appeared briefly in court on serious firearm charges.
Sanella Naumovski, who runs Naumovski Legal, risks losing her right to practise law if she is convicted of possessing a firearm in circumstances of aggravation and possessing a gun and ammunition without a licence.
The up-and-coming lawyer requested an adjournment when she appeared in Perth Magistrate's Court on the charges for the first time today.
Defence lawyer John O'Connor asked magistrate Robert Young to vary his client's bail by removing a condition that she reports to Mirrabooka police station.
The application was opposed by police prosecutors, who said the condition was put in place by the charging officer for a "specific reason".
Mr Young removed the reporting requirement, saying such a condition was usually related to flight risk.
Ms Naumovski was arrested on an East Perth street on New Year’s Eve after her car was surrounded by heavily armed officers who forced her and the driver out of the vehicle at gunpoint.
It is alleged officers found a loaded gun on the passenger side of the car where Ms Naumovski had been sitting.
It is understood that both she and the driver — believed to be a man with links to a motorcycle gang — denied that the gun was theirs.
Police decided to charge Ms Naumovski last month after forensic testing.
The mother of two graduated from university in 2010 and opened her own business in 2015.
Ms Naumovski’s former home in Yokine, where her ex-partner lives with their daughters, was sprayed with bullets in March.
About half a dozen shots were fired at the front entrance of the property and while her former partner was home no injuries were reported.
Ms Naumovski was photographed outside the house the next day discussing the shooting with police.
She will appear in court again in June.