Pitchfork man pleads guilty over threat
GRAHAM George Dorrough pleaded guilty to eight charges at the Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday in relation to his threat to kill police with a pitchfork and cane knife on February 21.
Two days after the offence, Dorrough was refused bail and escorted by police to a Tweed Heads clinic for mental assessment.
His solicitor, Phil Mulherin, yesterday said the clinic had released Dorrough on Friday and he stayed with his parents at Pottsville for the weekend despite still being on bail.
Mr Mulherin told the court Dorrough would plead guilty to eight charges and not guilty to one charge of assault.
He requested Dorrough be granted bail to stay with his parents. He would be willing to report to police, not approach the victim and start the MERIT program, Mr Mulherin said.
Mr Reimer granted Dorrough the conditional bail and adjourned the case for two weeks.
On February 21, police attended Dorrough's Bogangar address in relation to a disturbance. When they arrived, he appeared at the front window.
As police approached, Dorrough stood in the doorway in an aggressive stance and asked why they were there.
Police told him there had been a complaint and asked where the alleged victim was.
The victim allegedly left the house and accused Dorrough of making an assault.
Dorrough locked the door, ran to the back of the house and let his pit bull terrier of its chain, urging police to “come and get me”.
Police convinced him to return to the front door to be arrested, but he yelled abuse at the two officers and made threats to kill them.
He walked back inside and picked up a pitchfork and cane knife, then returned to the front door.
Dorrough unlocked the security screen and again threatened to kill the police officers. According to police, he had the pitchfork held up like a spear in the throwing position in his left hand, while he held the cane knife in his right.
One officer held the door closed with his foot and took out his capsicum spray, but it malfunctioned. He was forced to draw his gun, which prompted Dorrough to urge him to shoot. The second officer used capsicum spray to disarm Dorrough.
Police found three 20-litre drums filled with marijuana and a glass container of cannabis seeds during a search of the property.
On February 10, police found 26 cannabis plants at the same address.