The Pie Creek man breached a DVO, verbally harassing his mother.
The Pie Creek man breached a DVO, verbally harassing his mother.

Grub who abused his mum says he’s Gympie’s Chopper Read

A Pie Creek man who claimed to be Gympie's own Chopper Read faced the Magistrates Court this week charged with contravening a DVO against his mum and possessing a drug.

The man was arrested on June 15 after he was reported breaking a domestic violence order and harassing the victim.

He was reported to have been harassing his mother by calling her, banging on the door to her house, and hurling verbal abuse at her, including calling her the "lowest person in the world".

The police prosecutor said the man was living in a shed on his sister's property next door to where the offence happened.

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When police arrived at the shed he admitted to going to his mother's house and was arrested for contravening a domestic violence order.

Police then found a bag containing 4g of weed and a bong made out of a Gatorade bottle.

The police prosecutor noted the man had a significant number of similar convictions, including contravening domestic violence orders against his family on the same property.

He was previously sentenced to 15 months in prison for threatening to put his head through a wall, and threatening physical assault.

He had then locked himself inside the house when police arrived, and told them he had a gun and knife he would use against them.

Following a 12-hour stand-off and negotiations he was arrested but remained defiant and making threats.

During a previous offence the man locked himself in his family’s home and told police he had a gun and knife that he would use on them File photo.
During a previous offence the man locked himself in his family’s home and told police he had a gun and knife that he would use on them File photo.

His mother and brother told police his behaviour had been erratic and abusive in the days leading up to the incident; he threatened violence and had said he was Gympie's Chopper Read.

Magistrate Chris Callaghan said the man's behaviour hadn't been deterred by the 15 months prison sentence and asked the defendant what he had to say for himself.

The defendant said his mouth was his problem.

"When I get on drugs and alcohol I get frustrated," he said.

"I'm a good man, I'm just messed up."

He said he would seek counselling in the future and wanted to get back into horse racing.

"I do accept it is your mouth that gets you into your trouble because you go off, the things you say to people the threats you make, abuse you give them, and that's not an acceptable way to proceed," Mr Callaghan said.

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"Because of your history and because of the threats and harassment involved in this occasion, the phone calls, I'm satisfied that imprisonment's the only sentence that ought to be imposed.

"For this offending I think an appropriate head sentence is one of six month's imprisonment but you should be released after one month."

Mr Callaghan told him to spend his two weeks left in custody looking for a place to live and to seek counselling upon his release.

Gympie Times

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