Man threatens to stab co-workers

AN EMPLOYEE pulled a knife on his co-workers and threatened to stab them after a heated argument about his work performance.

Police were called to Challenge Employment on September 8 after reports of a man threatening staff with a weapon.

Ipswich Magistrates Court was told Reece Lloyd Evans, 48, had stormed out after a meeting and was followed by another staff member who tried to calm him down.

Police Prosecutor Acting Sergeant Brad Dick said the staff member found Evans near a student of the business.

Sgt Dick said Evans then produced the knife, screamed profanities and waved the knife at them, threatening to stab them.

Both ran away from Evans and called police, who found him standing on a veranda at the workplace.

Officers detained him so they could search him safely, and located the knife in his backpack.

He was arrested and transported to the watch house, where he refused to co-operate with police by not giving them his name and address.

The court heard police also found a small amount of cannabis and a pipe.

Evans pleaded guilty to threatening violence, possessing a dangerous drug and utensils, and contravening a police requirement.

He was sentenced to two months in prison, wholly suspended for six months.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his client had felt intimidated during the workplace meeting and became upset.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said the circumstances of the offence were unusual due to the meeting.

"It is not a minor offence but I take into account the circumstances that led you to becoming upset," Ms Sturgess said.

"It is a serious matter to produce a knife and make threats to a person."



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