Un-Australian on Australia Day

GOING armed in public to cause fear was a very un-Australian thing to do on Australia Day Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Chad Adrian Williams, 25, of Gold St, Aldershot.

He pleaded guilty to the offence committed at Rainbow Beach about 11.20pm on January 26.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said at the time Williams was "wielding a piece of wood with chains attached" there were about 20 people in the street.

The court heard the weapon was not found on the night or after a search warrant was issued on January 27 at Williams' premises.

Solicitor for Williams, Greg Scott said his client was intoxicated at the time and that someone had thrown bottles at his friend's car and he gave chase. Mr Scott said the broomstick with chains "Was not wilfully obtained" and his client acted the way he did because he felt threatened but his did intend to threaten in return.

"With your history and the large number (of offences) in the last four years, you are running close to the wind. People end up in jail for silly public nuisance because it's the straw that breaks the camel's back," Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Williams who was placed on nine months probation.

Gympie Times


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