Squatter pulls toy gun on bogged driver

A DRIVER bogged after doing burnouts got a fright when a man appeared from a Kingaroy storage shed pointing a toy gun.

Barry Parkes pleaded guilty to five charges in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on January 21.

Prosecutor Pepe Gangemi said the man had heard a car revving its engines when he was squatting in a Freeman's storage shed in Kingaroy during the evening on December 19.

Defence lawyer Chris Campbell said the drivers were doing burnouts in the roadways behind the storage shed.

"I'm instructed that the vehicle became bogged because they were doing burnouts and doughnuts," he said.

Sgt Gangemi said Parkes approached the vehicle after it had become bogged at around 10pm.

"He says he didn't know what was going on with them revving their engines so he got a toy rifle and pointed it at them to scare them," Sgt Gangemi said.

Parkes was charged with two counts of threatening violence by discharging a firearm or another act at night.

Since he had no permission to be in the storage shed, Parkes was charged with entering a premises with intent on December 20.

The man also pleaded guilty to a possessing explosives charge and a possessing dangerous drugs charge in relation to an incident last year.

Sgt Gangemi said police officers intercepted Parkes' motor vehicle at around 11am in Hodgleigh on November 7.

"He had one single round of ammunition, which he found and has taken possession, unaware that he needed the appropriate licences," he said.

The court heard the officers also found 24 oxycodone tablets in the vehicle.

Sgt Gangemi said Parkes told police officers he had been prescribed the drug quite some time earlier and had held onto the tablets.

Magistrate Pink said the facts were somewhat unusual.

"It seems you may have had some problems with homelessness, you were squatting in some sheds," she said.

"You presented a toy gun to try to, it seems, to scare somebody, they were revving their engines doing burnouts nearby."

Parkes received one fine of $900 for all of the charges.

All convictions were recorded.

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