Loaded rifle held to youth's head

THREE teenagers faced court yesterday for their alleged involvement in a home invasion on the weekend, in which a loaded rifle was held to a 16-year-old boy's head.

It was believed a 19-year-old male was accompanied by two boys, aged 14 and 15, when he barged into a house on Mount Pleasant Rd during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Gympie police said a person entered a house armed with a rifle at around 1.30am and made threats of violence before he left.

Acting Officer in Charge of Gympie CIB, Detective Senior Sergeant Nigel Bull, said it was alleged the main offender held a gun at a youth's head while an 18-year-old was kicked in the head by one of the younger offenders.

Police arrested the suspected trio in Gympie on Saturday and seized the rifle. Officers charged the 15-year-old with burglary, assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, and the 14-year-old with burglary.

They were released on bail to be dealt with by the Children's Court.

Tallon Stephen Spencer, 19, was remanded in custody and appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday on charges of burglary, common assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and driving without a licence.

The court heard Spencer thought the males at the house were hiding his ex-girlfriend. He was granted bail with strict conditions that he resides with his grandparents and remains in their company at all times when outside a curfew of 6am to 6pm.

Spencer was also ordered not to have any contact with the co-offenders or the complainants.

This startling burglary incident and a street brawl on Sunday morning involving five people, allegedly started by members of an outlaw motorcycle gang, has marred a relatively trouble-free time enjoyed in Gympie's CBD for the past several months, a Liquor Industry Accord Group spokesperson said.

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