Coast man "acted in self-defence" when he shot mate

A SUNSHINE Coast cabinet maker, who shot a former mate in the back with a .22 calibre rifle, claimed he was not a danger to the community as he pleaded to be let out earlier.

Drew Selby told the Queensland Court of Appeal that he did not mean to shoot Nathan Potts at Mooloolaba on June 8, 2011.

Representing himself via video-link from prison, Selby said he had received multiple phone calls from Mr Potts saying he wanted to "cave my head in and break my legs" and had acted in self-defence.

He said he had a "serious apprehension of death or grievous bodily harm inflicted upon myself".

A jury in March found Selby not guilty of attempted murder but guilty of committing a malicious act with intent.

He said he would have pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm because he accepted he was responsible for the injuries.

Selby said a serious violent offence declaration, which meant he had to serve 80% of his eight-year jail sentence, was manifestly excessive.

He said he was a young man who wanted a family, to travel and believed he could "redeem" himself "better" in the community.

Selby asked the appeal court to consider a parole eligibility date after he had served about half his sentence.

"I'm not a violent person," he said.

"I know this last charge sort of contradicts that.

"But I'm not a serial reoffending violent person.

"That's just not in my make-up.

"This .. was not directed at Potts but an act born from fear.

"I didn't want to shoot him but know his injury was because of me so I take responsibility for the injury, 100%.

"I don't like violent confrontations.

"I'd rather talk something out with anyone than fight."

Selby described the decision to grab the rifle and bullets from his flatmate's cupboard as a "foolish spur-of-the-moment idea".

He said he wished he could take it back, barricade himself inside or vacate his home to avoid the confrontation altogether.

"I was under the impression he wanted to kill me and I acted upon that and I'm silly for doing so," he said.

"But at the time I felt helpless and alone.

"I have learnt so much from this horrific incident."

The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision.

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