No jail despite holding cops at bay during siege

A MAN has avoided jail despite holding police at bay with knives during a siege in Gladstone last year.

Verdun Ross Ling, 42, of Burnett Heads, was paroled following a 12- month sentence delivered in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Ling, 42, threatened police with two kitchen knives during a 2½ hour siege in Gladstone last September.

He pleaded guilty to a number of offences on Tuesday including serious obstruction of a police officer in relation to the siege, and one count of wilful damage and assaulting a police officer in relation to an incident at Burnett Heads in July last year.

In sentencing , Magistrate Aaron Simpson said the fact that the defendant had not lunged, lashed out or moved towards the officers during the siege meant he had been charged with wilful obstruction rather than assault.

Mr Simpson said when officers attended Ling's home in July, the defendant was under the influence of drugs and became aggressive and resisted arrest, damaging another person's camcorder.

He was ordered to pay $171 restitution for the camcorder.