Gladstone man jailed for police station bomb threat

THREATENING to blow up the Gladstone's police station has landed a local man behind bars, as more dark details of the region's drug scene were exposed in court.

John Andrew Walker approached the rear entrance of the Gladstone police station about 12.30pm on June 5.

The 21-year-old attempted to smash an automatic door and glass window with a metal bar.

When police pointed a taser at Walker, he threatened to blow up the station with pipe bombs.

After a physical struggle with police, Walker soon made a quick exit by foot.

Police soon tracked him down and arrested Walker at his Sun Valley address, where they also found a drink bottle being use as a bong.

In Gladstone Magistrates court on Tuesday, police said Walker always had the intention of being arrested.

Having already served 41 days in custody, Walker pleaded guilty via video link to trespass, serious assault, going armed to cause fear and possessing utensils or pipes for use.

The court heard a police officer had suffered permanent damage to one of his fingers as a result of the incident.

Police Prosecutor Sean Franklin said the community needed to be protected from somebody like Walker, who had a history of violence and drug and alcohol abuse.

Duty lawyer Jun Pepito said his client had recently lost his job and was going through a dark time in his life.

"He thought that what he was doing would land him in jail, which is what he wanted," he said.

"But while he has been in custody, his view has been changed ... he has a different perspective."

Mr Pepito said his client was very remorseful and embarrassed before a submission for Walker to be released on probation.

But Magistrate Russell Warfield wasn't convinced.

He felt Walker needed more time in custody to "dry up" from drugs.

Walker was sentenced to two months imprisonment, including his 41 days already served.

He was put on probation for 18 months from his release and ordered to pay $1000 compensation.

A conviction was also recorded.



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