Why Proston couple claimed they were armed in the street

WHEN a Proston couple heard their cat had been killed over drinks in front of a group of people they armed themselves and went over to approach the person who had allegedly done the act.

Debra Melanie Peacock and Brodie John Peacock faced Murgon Magistrates Court charged with going armed to cause fear on Collingwood St on July 8.

Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said the couple were heard yelling and screaming with Mr Peacock holding a homemade bat with nails in it and Mrs Peacock armed with an "attitude adjuster".

Defence lawyer Tom Carr said following a phone call that their cat had been killed, the couple armed themselves because they wanted to send the message that what had allegedly happened "wasn't funny, it was serious".

Mr Carr said the couple, who had lived in Proston for 12 years, didn't intend the act to be threatening but rather had the weapons as a means of self-defence because they wanted the truth, but later admitted they went the wrong way about it.

Magistrate Louisa Pink said while the weapons were not used she could not accept the reason behind taking them.

"I am unable to accept that it would be used for protect if you take it to someone else's house to confront them," she said.

Mrs Peacock appeared in court with no criminal history while Mr Peacock appeared in court with some history but none of a like nature.

Mrs Peacock was fined $400 and no conviction recorded.

Mr Peacock was fined $500 and no conviction was recorded.

The seized items were forfeited.

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