A Coast resident has lived through a terrifying attack that had similarities of the famous scene in the 1980 film The Shining.
A Coast resident has lived through a terrifying attack that had similarities of the famous scene in the 1980 film The Shining.

‘Here’s Scotty’: Man threatens to kill while hacking door

It had similarities to the 1980 classic The Shining but for a Coast household the terrifying incident involving a man's neighbour was all too real.

A Coast man who hacked down his neighbour's door with a knife while screaming that he was going to kill him has been jailed.

Scott Jason Rowntree, 42, changed his weapon of choice to a sledgehammer when police arrived, telling them he wasn't scared of their tasers.

Police prosecutor Brendan Newman told Maroochydore Magistrates Court police were called to Aroona on July 31 by several people reporting there was a man with a knife walking the streets.

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"He was armed with a knife, he threatened the life of a neighbour while hacking at his door with the knife and kicking the door," he said.

"He has then caused significant harm to the community, he was walking around the front of residences while still armed with the knife.

"Upon police arrival, the defendant has chosen to rearm himself with a sledgehammer.

"He challenged the police and refused to comply with directions, telling them he wasn't scared of their tasers and challenging them to fight."

The court heard Rowntree had stabbed the front door of neighbour's house multiple times while saying "I'm going to kill you".

He then spat at the door.

When police arrived, he yelled "come on, I dare you," while holding the sledgehammer.

Sergeant Newman said it appeared Rowntree had showed little remorse for his actions.

"Police were tasked to a very dynamic situation with an exceptionally hostile defendant who ultimately threatened them and then ran from the scene requiring a dog squad to locate and arrest him," he said.

Sgt Newman referred to Rowntree's relevant criminal history.

The court heard Rowntree was sentenced in Maroochydore Magistrates Court in December 2013 for dangerous conduct with a weapon after he threatened to kill his neighbour while holding a machete.

In January last year, Rowntree stalked a pharmacist and told him, "if I ever see you out in public, I'll get a shotgun and blow your brains out".

He was sentenced in Caloundra Magistrates Court for unlawful stalking using threats of violence.

Sgt Newman said Rowntree's behaviour was consistently abusive, threatening and violent.

Rowntree pleaded guilty by videolink in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday to seven charges, including threatening violence and going armed so as to cause fear.

Rowntree's lawyer Ben Rynderman said his client had a problem with drugs which caused him to act that way.

"For the first time in his life, he's realised the benefits of sobriety and instructs he wishes to engage with rehabilitation upon his release," Mr Rynderman said.

The court heard Rowntree planned to open a business to help people in similar situations.

"He has conceded he has an anger management problem," Mr Rynderman said.

"There is a history of animosity between my client and the complainant.

"There was an existing issue of the loaning of money between the two of them."

Rowntree had served 61 days in custody.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said it was appalling behaviour and the neighbour and the community would be have terrified.
"It was almost frightening for me reading it," she said.

"If you put drugs in your mouth and behave like this, then you're going to have the consequences of that."

Ms Baldwin sentenced Rowntree to one year jail, with a parole release date of November 30.

He was also given a two-year probation order.

"I am very sorry, I am remorseful," Rowntree said.

"It's not me, when I'm on drugs I do this stuff but when I'm sober I'm not like this."

Ms Baldwin told him the solution was to stay off drugs.



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