Emerald man fined over spear gun threat at local pub
A SECURITY guard at an Emerald pub feared for his life on February 1 when a patron he had booted out returned with a spear gun.
Cameron Shane O'Hehir was escorted out of the Emerald Hotel before telling the hotel security guard he would come back and kill him, the Emerald Magistrates Court heard yesterday.
Later that night, the security guard was informed by other patrons O'Hehir had returned through the rear entrance of the hotel with a weapon, which was initially thought to be a shot gun.
Another security guard phoned the police who found the defendant in a vehicle before searching his Anakie St home, discovering the spear gun behind the front door.
CCTV footage reviewed by police showed the defendant kicking in a business window on Clermont St after being removed from the hotel.
The 23-year-old appeared in court yesterday charged with one count of going armed so as to cause fear and one count of wilful damage.
The court heard that since the offence O'Hehir had given up drinking and had been seeing a counsellor to address his alcohol issues.
Magistrate Ron Muirhead said O'Hehir could have expected a prison conviction for the offence.
"You made threats and had no excuses for your behaviour," Mr Muirhead said.
"If you continue to reoffend, a prison term will be given. So you've got to start behaving yourself."
O'Hehir was fined $3500 for the charges, and ordered to pay compensation for the broken window.