Kyle James Randall, 24, pleaded guilty to charges over the “rock attacks” that terrorised home owners in Laidley for almost a year.
Kyle James Randall, 24, pleaded guilty to charges over the “rock attacks” that terrorised home owners in Laidley for almost a year. Tom Threadingham

Laidley slingshot pest on probation

A 24-YEAR-OLD Laidley man has pleaded guilty to charges over the "rock attacks" that terrorised home owners in Laidley for almost a year.

Kyle James Randall faced Gatton Magistrates Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful stalking and four counts of wilful damage.

Between September 7, 2013, and July 25, 2014, Randall used a slingshot to litter multiple properties with projectiles.

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Randall used rocks, marbles, sinkers and scrap rubble debris as projectiles.

Across a number of dates, Randall fired the projectiles onto Laidley properties and caused damage to roof tiles, cars and windows.

On July 11, the Gatton Magistrates Court heard Randall placed a note under a rock at one of the homes which threatened the owner and implied he was not scared of the police.

In another rock attack, a resident called 000 with an ambulance attending the address following a suspected heart attack from the shock and stress of the projectiles.

The court heard how police had exhausted all avenues in the failed search for the culprits, which included the dog squad.

However, at 8.50pm on July 24, police went to an address after receiving fresh reports of rock attacks.

Police covertly approached the property and saw a blue Holden Colorado pull into a driveway.

Soon after, police heard objects hit the ground near their vehicle and on a house roof nearby.

Police immediately went to the suspect's address and saw the front door ajar.

They searched the home after making contact with people inside.

The search revealed a slingshot and a quantity of sinkers and other projectiles.

Randall and a co-accused were arrested for the matters on July 25.

Randall produced a written apology in court with Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck told that the offender's actions had jeopardised a desire to join the police force and the local auxiliary fire brigade.

Randall was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and was placed on probation for two years with no conviction recorded.



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