A BOGANGAR man was lucky not to be shot by police when he threatened to kill an officer with a pitchfork and cane knife, Tweed Heads Local Court heard yesterday.
Graham George Dorrough pleaded guilty to six weapon, assaulting police and drug charges in relation to the February 21 incident and yesterday was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence, plus two good-behaviour bonds stretching for three years.
Magistrate Nick Reimer said what occurred was completely unacceptable.
“This could have been one of those incidents where there was a police shooting of the suspect,” Mr Reimer said. Solicitor, Phil Mulherin said since the incident Dorrough had done everything he possibly could to change the circumstances of his life which led to the incident.
Police later found 2.4kg of cannabis leaf and 186g of seed in Dorrough's house.