Shot-firer licence may be revoked
POLICE have applied to revoke the explosive shot-firer's licence of a man who allegedly attacked the home and office of two Rockhampton Labor Party politicians.
Brian John Hillier, 62, yesterday applied for bail in Rockhampton Magistrates Court after being charged with three counts of wilful damage.
Hillier allegedly rammed his car into the garage roller door of Rockhampton MP Robert Schwarten's Park Avenue home, damaging the door and Mr Schwarten's red Lexus parked inside.
He is also accused of using his car to damage the door of Federal Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore's Denison St campaign office, along with the roller door on a Kerr St home of a person un-related to the two politicians.
But prosecutor Constable Paige Barrow said police believed Hillier meant to ram the house next door, which was owned by a person with the last name of Livermore.
Const Barrow objected to bail, saying Hillier may confront the victims "under the guise of political activism" during the campaign for the upcoming state election.
She said fibres and paint samples matching the houses and office were found on Hillier's car. Const Barrow said one of the victims was seeking $14,000 in restitution. When Hillier faced court on Thursday for the charges he asked the magistrate if he was to pay "some bob" for the damages, and was shocked when the magistrate told him it could be in the thousands of dollars.
The duty lawyer acting for Hillier, Joanne Madden, said he was assessed by Rockhampton mental health yesterday.
Magistrate Tom Bradshaw refused bail for Hillier and remanded him to March 28.