Police track armed man to cemetery

A LOWOOD man who armed himself with an axe and tried to confront a man named "Brett" at the IGA was found shortly after at the cemetery.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Brett Michael Voight, 42, entered the Lowood IGA on Main St at about 10am brandishing an axe.

Voight called out he wanted to speak to "Brett" and "everyone is against me".

A witness intercepted and Voight left. The witness was able to get his car's registration details and police tracked him to the Lowood Cemetery shortly after.

CCTV footage confirmed Voight carried the axe into the supermarket and he confessed.

Voight pleaded guilty to going armed to cause fear.

Defence lawyer James Madden said Voight lived with and cared for his elderly parents in Glamorgan Vale and the offence was out of character.

Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin accepted this, but said the offence of carrying an axe in public was "worrying".

Voight was placed on 12 months probation.



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