Rifle terror at Rocky party

LUKE Sharpe politely knocked on the door before walking into a Rockhampton house and threatening the residents with a sawn-off rifle.

The 30-year-old career criminal pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to more than 10 charges ranging from possession of a dangerous drug to traffic violations and weapons offences.

The court heard Sharpe entered a house in Cairns Street, Rockhampton on October 2, 2009, where a group of friends were socialising.

He entered the living room where the group was gathered, pulled out a sawn off .22 calibre rifle and began waving it around the room, asking “where’s all the cash?”

Someone in the room thought it was a joke and let out a giggle, but Sharpe quickly made it obvious he was serious by firing a round into the floorboards of the house, narrowly missing someone seated nearby.

He then robbed one of the party-goers of $300 and attempted to rob another before fleeing the scene.

Although he was arrested five days later, police never recovered the gun used in the home invasion.

The violent event happened just two months after Sharpe was “effectively scalped” in a car accident on Gladstone Road after running a red light, the court heard.

On May 30, 2009, more than five police officers had to work to restrain Sharpe after he was kicked out of Strutters Night Club in Rockhampton for assaulting another patron and a security officer.

He continually abused and swore at security staff and police before the scuffle to arrest him resulted in him punching one police officer in the face, pulling another to the ground and kicking them three times.

On July 18, 2009, he was found in Gracemere driving without a licence in an unregistered, uninsured car that carried cancelled plates.

Six days later he was found at a residence in Airlie Beach in possession of 1.1grams of methyl amphetamines.

On August 20 the same year police searched his house and found 0.08grams of methyl amphetamines in a sharps container as well as two boxes of shotgun shells.

More recently, on November 1 last year, Sharpe was spotted by police driving erratically on a Rockhampton road.

The officers turned on their lights and sirens, but Sharpe didn’t pull over, instead speeding away, at times driving on the wrong side of the road and without headlights.

Sharpe was sentenced to three months imprisonment and $6600 in fines.

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