Armed street stand-off between 'rivals' outside Coles
AN 'ongoing feud' is at the core of a stand-off that landed a Gatton man in the Gatton Magistrates Court on Monday.
Christian Neumann was charged with public nuisance after police were called to a dispute that took place between the defendant and his 'rival' outside the Gatton Coles car park.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Molinaro told the court a crowd gathered on Spencer Street on May 21 when Neumann and another man stood on the street yelling at one another.
"Both parties were yelling abuse and threats at one another and both had armed themselves with weapons," Sergeant Molinaro said.
Neumann told police he had been riding his bike when he spotted the other man.
The court heard it was "an ongoing feud" which started when Neumann had a knee reconstruction.
"He said they became involved in an argument and the other male offered to fight him," Sergeant Molinaro said.
"He said the other male armed himself with a metal bar so he armed himself with a chain he used to secure his push bike."
Magistrate Kay Ryan told the 22-year-old from Gatton he should have stayed on his bike and kept riding.
"It could have gotten extremely violent and extremely bad, with metal bars and chains and god knows what," she said.
"It takes a very brave person to walk away or ride away in this instance and not get involved."
Neumann's lawyer asked Ms Ryan to consider not recording his client's conviction.
"I know he has been charged with a number of offences, your honour, but could you give him one final chance with no conviction recorded," his lawyer said.
Ms Ryan was not impressed.
"Six previous appearances in court," she said.
"And you're asking me to give him another 'no conviction recorded?"
Neumann was fined $600 and got his way with a conviction. One was not recorded.