Love triangle leads to machete incident

JONATHON Francis Lippitt was caught in the middle of a love triangle when he allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend's ex with a machete.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday heard Lippitt, 18, had been angry that his girlfriend was keeping in contact with her former boyfriend.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kay Schick said Lippitt had headed around to the ex-boyfriend's Rockhampton home with a machete on Monday.

Senior Constable Schick said the two men had argued before Lippitt allegedly took a swing at the man with the machete, but missed.

She said Lippitt had threatened to cut the ex-boyfriend's throat and "bury him underground''.

"It was pre-meditated. It wasn't spur of the moment. He's gone to the address and made threats,'' Senior Constable Schick said.

Lippitt's defence solicitor said Lippitt suffered from depression and schizophrenia and had not taken his medication in the past few days.

He said Lippitt had the sole care of two children, aged one and two, and had lived in the Rockhampton area most of his life. He said while there had been threats, no physical violence had resulted.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy said she noted Lippitt had no similar history and was a young man.

She said any risk to the public could be overcome with strict bail conditions including that Lippitt live with his sister, have no contact with the complainant or witnesses (including his girlfriend) and that he attend Rockhampton Mental Health.

Lippitt was charged with making threats and assault, but has not yet entered a plea.

He will appear again on March 4

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