Armed with rake: 'We're going to be on A Current Affair'

A WOMAN lost control after being evicted from public housing and threatened two terrified government employees with a rake as she felt she was not being given enough time to clear out her things.

Melissa June Brennan, 50, of Goodna told the female victim "you and me are going to be on A Current Affair and I'm going to make you a noose" before screaming further obscenities.

Appearing in the dock of the Ipswich Magistrates Court, she pleaded guilty to two charges, including going armed so as to cause and failing to appear.

Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said on July 18, Brennan was removing her things from an Ellen Grove house with the assistance of two members of the Salvation Army and under supervision of two Department of Housing and Public Works workers.

Suddenly, she lost her cool and armed herself with a rake, threatening the two government employees and advancing towards them.

As she kept yelling threats, the victims ran to a car and locked themselves inside but Brennan kept moving towards them and one point held the rake like a spear, saying she was going to kill one of the victims.

They reversed away to escape from Brennan and called police. When police arrived to speak to her she acted aggressively and as they attempted to calm her down, she said the woman was "going to die". She was subsequently arrested.

Defence lawyer Kelsea Read said Brennan snapped as she was unaware where she was going to live and was afraid for the future of her only child.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said it was a "frightening incident" for two people who were just trying to do their job .

Brennan was sentenced to 14 days in prison but released immediately on parole with her single day of custody taken into account. She was placed on a 12-month probation order.


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