Job fears cause building lockdown
MP KIRSTEN Livermore's staff feared for their safety after Shaun Patrick Farrell's "aggressive" visit.
The 47-year-old had entered the Salvation Army Employment Plus office, Musgrave St, Rockhampton, on December 23 where he became aggressive towards staff and the building was placed in lockdown.
Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday heard Farrell entered the Employment Plus office, worried about being jobless.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Joe Aboud said Farrell had to be ejected from the office and the building was locked down.
He said Farrell then went to Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore's office where his actions caused staff to fear for their safety and they were "visibly shaken" when police arrived.
He pleaded guilty yesterday to public nuisance and also fraud and a breach of bail for failing to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on September 24.
The fraud charge related to not paying for his accommodation and meals at the Shamrock Motel in Ayr in November last year.
Lawyer Shayne Studdert said Farrell thought his prospective employer would pay for his accommodation, but didn't.
He said Farrell was a very hard-working man and was frustrated that he couldn't gain any work when he went to Ms Livermore's office and Employment Plus.
Farrell was convicted and fined $400 and ordered to pay $430 to the Shamrock Motel.
He was fined $600 for failing to appear in court and for the public nuisance charge.