Greg Luehmann is in custody following a siege at Allied Pickford in Paget. The man threatened to blow up the business following an alleged money dispute with the company.
Greg Luehmann is in custody following a siege at Allied Pickford in Paget. The man threatened to blow up the business following an alleged money dispute with the company. Peter Holt

Mental assessment for siege man

GREG Luehman will undergo health and mental health assessment after being involved in a seven-hour siege at Paget.

The siege at Allied Pickford started about 8.45am on Wednesday and finished about 3pm when Luehman was overpowered by police and taken into custody.

He was held in the Mackay watch-house overnight and his case was briefly mentioned in the Magistrate's Court yesterday.

One family member was in the foyer of the courthouse to support him.

However, he was not brought over from the watch-house and his solicitor Antoinette Morton, of Morton Lawyers, did not apply for bail.

Magistrate Ross Risson said: "In the circumstances, I have the view that an assessment of the defendant should be made. He's remanded in custody.

Luehman was charged with arson, extortion, causing wilful damage and entering a building with intent to commit an offence.

His case will be mentioned in court again on Monday.

The siege forced the closure of businesses in the Paget area and police set up a 700-metre exclusion zone around the scene.

Luehman claimed he was owed money by the company and a spokesman for Allied Pickford said the matter appeared to have arisen out of a protracted civil dispute.


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