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20-year-old told Centrelink staff he'd "return with a knife"

WHEN Trentt Paul Fogarty visited Centrelink Ipswich, he had hoped to collect money for a missing payment.

Instead, the visit has cost the 20-year-old more than $700.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Kevin Carmont told Ipswich Magistrates Court this week that Centrelink had phoned police at 10am on July 11, to report a customer "acting aggressively".

The customer, Fogarty, had come in to see why he had not received his latest government payment.

Unsatisfied by the staff's response, Fogarty began "a tirade of verbal abuse and threats towards them".

Sen Sgt Carmont said Fogarty warned Centrelink staff "he would return the following Monday with a knife".

When staff asked him to leave the building because of his behaviour Fogarty continued to fire abuse from outside.

He also punched one of the building's front windows, which caused it to smash.

When police arrived on the scene, Fogarty said he needed to be paid so he could pay his rent.

Sen Sgt Carmont said Fogarty later described the way he had behaved as "a lapse in judgment".

He later told police he was not going to use this knife on staff, rather himself.

Fogarty pleaded guilty to committing a public nuisance and wilful damage.

He was fined $200 and ordered to pay $533.50 restitution.

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