Man free even after axe rampage

A MAN who went on a rampage with an axe through Mount Morgan has been released from prison this week after 230 days behind bars.

Matthew Stephen Graham had forced a woman to barricade herself and her children inside after he chased her with the axe in June last year.

He asked for Mick and when she said he wasn’t home he accused her of lying and smashed the axe against a tree.

As she ran away, the 27-year-old continued to swing the axe.

His attention then turned to chasing a car that drove past.

When police arrived at the Mount Morgan home it was thought he was intoxicated by an unknown substance.

Legal officer for the Department of Public Prosecution, Majella La Praik, said the community had a right to feel safe in their own homes.

Graham pleaded guilty on Monday in the Rockhampton District Court to going armed to cause fear from June 9, 2009.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said the incident was a result of Graham taking matters into his own hands.

“He had returned to town to find out his sister had been assaulted in a pub,” he said.

“He stupidly took matters into his own hands.”

Graham has been in custody since he arrest following the incident.

Yesterday he was released, with his pre-sentence custody being declared as time served.



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