Armed man in Centrelink ‘having a very bad day’
A MAN who allegedly armed himself with a metal bar, smashing a door at a Cairns health facility and confronting staff at Centrelink, has been granted bail but ordered to stay away from both places.
Scott James Barrs, 35, was leaving the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs on Aplin St in the CBD on Tuesday morning after a conversation with staff when he allegedly pulled a jemmy bar from his clothing and struck a door.
Police have alleged he then walked to Centrelink next door and confronted staff before security officers arrived and he surrendered the bar.
Mr Barrs' defence solicitor Alan Watkins said his client had been frustrated because he had applied for a disability pension in November but was still yet to hear a response.
He said the former diesel fitting apprentice had been forced to stop working due to his dystonia, which causes facial ticks, and had also been diagnosed with bipolar.
"He made full and frank admissions (to police)," Mr Watkins said during a bail application for Mr Barrs.
"He also apologised to the persons present at the time."
Mr Barrs is charged with two counts of going armed to cause fear which Magistrate Terrence Browne described as "serious charges".
He ordered he not go to either the Centrelink or the ATODs offices on Aplin St and adjourned the case until February 26.
"(He told police) he had a very bad day," Magistrate Browne said.
There were no reports of injuries or damage to people or property.