Drugs cause night of violence

A MAN who threatened police with a carving knife has been jailed for 12 months.

William Thomas Mason, 29, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to 12 counts of serious assault, one count of common assault, one count of wilful damage, one count of break and entering premises and one count of possessing a knife in a public place on April 7.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brian Smith said Mason was refused entry to a Rockhampton night club after midnight on the night of the offence.

Mason was refused entry by a security guard because he was too affected by alcohol.

A short time later, Mason confronted the security guard again and pulled a 20cm carving knife on the guard and started using it in a violent manner.

Sergeant Smith said police contronted Mason who then started to threaten them, forcing police to retreat to safety.

As more police came onto the scene, Mason began lunging at the officers.

He said Mason then broke into an abandoned house in Alma Street where he smashed a front window and threw glass at the police officers, narrowly missing a senior sergeant's head.

Mason later surrendered to police negotiators on the Neville Hewitt Bridge.

Defence solicitor Doug Winning said at the time Mason was on methylamphetamines that caused severe behavioural problems.

He said Mason had little memory of the incident, but was receiving help.

He has already served five months in pre-sentence custody.



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