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Siege dad blames his partner

A FATHER-OF-FIVE who allegedly armed himself with a silver carving knife during a siege on Good Friday has blamed his ex-partner.

Michael John Shaw was arrested at his Norman Gardens home after an eight-hour stand-off with police and yesterday appeared in Rockhampton Magistrate's Court.

The 31-year-old faced 14 charges, including two counts of seriously assaulting police.

Police prosecutor Steve Atkinson said Shaw levelled all the blame at his former partner of 12 years, who left him and took their five daughters.

Mr Atkinson said Shaw was armed with a silver carving knife during the siege and at one point smashed a window, throwing the shards of glass at officers.

"Police were assaulted, they were ambushed," Mr Atkinson said.

"He said he knew he was wanted, but did not want to go back to jail."

Shaw had allegedly breached his bail conditions and failed to appear in court.

Mr Atkinson said Shaw admitted to police that he and his partner had been taking amphetamines, which had increased his paranoia.

"Mr Shaw appears to lead a life that is dominated by alcohol and substance abuse," Mr Atkinson said.

He said Shaw was unemployed and did not hold a driver's licence.

Legal Aid solicitor Grant Ireland made an application for bail on Shaw's behalf.

Mr Ireland said his client told him he was asleep and only woke up when police arrived.

He said Shaw was shocked to find police outside his home, otherwise his memory of the day was "very, very vague".

"Clearly it's the case (that) he needs help," Mr Ireland said.

He said help had been recommended for Shaw in the past, but nothing had happened.

Shaw asked Acting Magistrate Ron Muirhead if he could plead guilty and be sentenced yesterday.

But Mr Muirhead refused, citing numerous reasons.

Mr Muirhead denied Shaw's application for bail and the matter was adjourned until May 14.

Topics:  assault, drugs, rockhampton magistrates court, siege



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