Man hiding in yards at 4am with knife
A MAN found hiding in bushes with a knife in the middle of the night claimed he needed a knife walking around Gracemere at night, for protection.
Daniel Charles Langman pleaded guilty on August 17 in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one count of possessing a knife in a public place.
Police prosecutor Clancy Fox said police were called to a Jamie Crescent address at 4am on August 1 after reports of a male hiding in a neighbour’s backyard.
He said police found the male hiding in bushes across the road when they arrived.
Mr Fox said Langman told police he had a knife and he needed it walking around Gracemere at night.
He was on parole for a District Court sentence at the time for 34 charges – mostly property offences – to pay for his drug addiction.
He broke into three homes and 14 business premises between September 2014 and February 2017 including dancing academies, Capricorn Rewind Electrical, Battery World and Rockhampton Printing Services.
Defence lawyer Felicity Davis said the father-of-two lived with his girlfriend and her children.
She said his offending had de-escalated.
Langman was fined $500 and a conviction was recorded.