Kie Riley was wielding an axe and barking like a dog at other road-users on the Ron Camm Bridge.
Kie Riley was wielding an axe and barking like a dog at other road-users on the Ron Camm Bridge. Daily Mercury

Axe-waving man barked at motorists

KIE Riley was wielding an axe and barking like a dog while he was a passenger in a car crossing the Ron Camm Bridge at 3.30 on a Friday afternoon.

Witnesses said he was hanging outside the window but he claimed he was only leaning up against it.

He wasn't drunk or high on drugs. To this day, no-one knows why he did it.

But he frightened a lot of people and some of them phoned police.

Police received information about a front-seat passenger in a car travelling south over the bridge at 3.30pm on November 11, prosecutor Bimal Raut said.

Witnesses said the passenger had picked up an axe from inside the vehicle, was hanging outside, was waving the axe at other vehicles and people, and was barking like a dog and yelling at them.

Police intercepted the vehicle. The driver said he told Riley to get back inside, to which Riley replied that other motorists looked "freaked out".

Duty lawyer John Aberdeen, of Legal Aid Queensland, said Riley denied hanging outside the vehicle but admitted he had an axe and was waving it about inside the vehicle and was barking like a dog.

"He wasn't drinking or on drugs or anything like that," Mr Aberdeen said. "There is no explanation for it."

Magistrate Athol Kennedy said if the axe had fallen out of the vehicle it could have injured or killed someone.

And even if Riley wasn't hanging outside the vehicle, it was still a silly thing to do, Mr Kennedy said.

Riley pleaded guilty to creating a public nuisance and was placed on a $300, five-month good behaviour bond.


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