Warning to weapon-wielders

A MAGISTRATE has warned of action against people who walk the streets with weapons.

“Courts really need to take action if people are going about the streets with weapons,” Magistrate Dennis Beutel said when an 18-year-old man appeared before him to answer a charge of possessing a knife in a public place and creating a public nuisance.

Nathan Ray Cross, of Jane St, Gympie, pleaded guilty to the May 3 offences at a Gympie caravan park and later in Channon St.

Police prosecutor Snr Const Lisa Manns said Cross had made threats to kill the complainant with throwing knives and had screamed verbal abuse.

At 10.55am the same day in Channon St, the defendant was “loitering near the Gympie Court House” when he came to the attention of a police patrol who found two stainless steel throwing knives on Cross.

Snr Const Manns said Cross was on a good behaviour bond at the time of this offence, thereby breaching that bond.

Cross’ legal representation Chris Anderson said his client admitted he made the comment that he knew how to use the knives and admitted that it might appear to others that he meant to harm them.

“It was not his intention to be violent or aggressive,” Mr Anderson said.

“He was placed on the good behaviour bond because he damaged a roller door ... which was better than attacking a person.”

Mr Beutel asked Mr Anderson if he thought his client would benefit from probation.

“I do not want to wait for him to commit another offence before we do what is best for him,” he said.

Mr Anderson said that from a rehabilitation point, probation would be “prudent” and while it was “not warranted” it might “stave off” future offences by the defendant.

Cross was ordered to pay the $300 recognisance for breaching his good behaviour bond.

He was also placed on six months probation for the re-sentencing of the original charge of wilful damage and the two new charges of possessing a knife in public and creating a public nuisance.

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