Couple threatened, toy gun fires up addict?s life reform

IN THE grips of a methadone addiction, Bradley John Elliot believed he was protecting his family when he used a toy gun to threaten a young North Rockhampton couple.

He received a three-year suspended sentence in Rockhampton District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to charges including threatening violence and going armed to cause fear.

Crown prosecutor John McGrath said Elliot, 43, went to the couple's house in June 2004, produced the gun and threatened to shoot them.

He said Elliot had heard rumours the 20-year-old man planned to shoot his family.

After putting the toy gun away Elliot stuck two fingers together, pointed them at the victims and said: "I will shoot you and you.''

Mr McGrath said Elliot's visit came just 15 minutes after his wife had visited the house to sort out the issue. Defence barrister Tom Polley cause he feared for his wife's safety after she took longer than he expected to return home.

He said Elliot had been battling a methadone addiction which he had since beaten and was, for the first time in eight years, seeing things clearly.

Judge Julie Ryrie said Elliot's efforts to turn his life around had saved him from a stint in prison.

Judge Ryrie ordered Elliot to do 240 hours community service.

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