Man armed with knife, pillowcase on head near Proserpine pub
A former Proserpine man had been on a bender before he put a pillowcase over his head and armed himself with a knife outside a pub in the town.
Witnesses saw Gordon Charles Brown put a fishing knife in his jacket and put a pillow slip over his head, then walk down Chapman Street.
He walked through the bottle shop at the Metropole Hotel and then towards the pub on February 13 this year.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Emma Myors said the witnesses were scared and told the bottle shop worker to phone police, who found Brown with a 30cm fishing knife, gloves and pillowcase with eye holes cut out.
In Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday, Brown pleaded guilty to going armed so as to cause fear.
Lawyer Peta Vernon said the 43-year-old man was born and bred in Proserpine but had been living in Maryborough for the past eight years.
Ms Vernon told the court Brown had been in and out of jail but moved back to the Whitsunday region around the time of the offence and his partner broke up with him, so he went on a bender.
The court heard the man had not slept for six days before he was found with the knife and pillow case.
Ms Vernon said Brown had an argument with someone at the pub, who made a threat to harm Brown’s nephew.
So Brown said they would sort it out outside and decided to arm himself.
“No actual threat was made to anybody,” Ms Vernon said.
Magistrate James Morton said Brown appeared to have lived a “colourful life” and caused people fear when he had the knife in Proserpine.
“I am glad there was nobody at the bottle shop, who knows what would have happened,” Mr Morton said.
“Life does not end because one lady left your house.”
Mr Morton said given Brown’s behaviour and criminal history, which showed he spent time in custody for attempted armed robbery, he thought he was going to rob the pub.
But now Mr Morton knew the situation he fined Brown $900.
“People see you doing these things and get concerned,” Mr Morton said.
“You were going back with an axe to grind. The moon and stars aligned for you that night.”