Dad threatens bikers with revolver
A FATHER with "a passion for weapons" has been released on parole after threatening trail bike riders with a handgun.
Vincenzo Luciano Palmisano, 43, became concerned the riders came too close to his wife and children so confronted them with a silver revolver.
When police raided his home on November 9, they found the gun in a holster hanging on a bedpost along with other illegal items.
At Palmisano's first appearance, Ipswich Magistrates Court heard the gun had five live bullets and one spent cartridge, which Palmisano said he had used to shoot at a possum in his driveway.
Police also found a crossbow, 13 arrows, martial arts weapons and explosives.
Palmisano pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful possession of weapons and one count each of exposing a weapon in a public place, discharging a weapon in a public place, possessing explosives and failing to dispose of a needle and syringe properly.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Palmisano is on a District Court suspended prison sentence in relation to weapons offences.
He was sentenced to three months in prison and released on immediate parole.
Twenty days in pre-sentence custody were taken into account.
Palmisano's defence lawyer said his client had been very co-operative with police, and some of the charges only came about because of his own admissions.
He also said Palmisano had never produced the weapon to the trail bike riders but instead had threatened to use it on them.
Magistrate Donna MacCallum said it was a concerning factor Palmisano was back before the court after being sentenced last year for similar offences.
Palmisano has been committed back to the District Court to be resentenced.