Accused brought a knife to dog poo argument

AN ARGUMENT over unscooped dog poo led to a man being threatened with a large knife.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, David Wayne Hicks pleaded guilty to going armed as to cause fear.

Hicks got into a heated dispute when his dog defecated outside another man's home.

When the homeowner asked Hicks if he had a bag to clean up the mess, the 30-year-old became irritated at the suggestion.

After a verbal argument, Hicks went home, then returned to the man's address 15 minutes later armed with a knife.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Hicks began threatening the man with the knife, which had a blade about 30cm long.

She said the victim called for his brother's help and the two men asked Hicks to leave their property.

Hicks momentarily put the knife away down the front of his pants before he took it out again waved it at the men.

After making a few final menacing remarks, Hicks returned home. The incident took place on March 7 last year.

Police visited Hicks at his Gatton residence soon after.

Hicks made full admissions about the incident, but protested he had used a tree branch instead of the knife.

Police found the blade in his home which was later verified by the victim and his brother.

During the search of Hicks' house, police also found three clipseal bags which contained cannabis and five marijuana plants.

Hicks told police he grew the marijuana because he didn't like purchasing cannabis off other people.

As a result of the discovery, Hicks also pleaded guilty to several drug charges.

Defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said Hicks had completed an anger management course since the knife incident.

Mr Seaholme said Hicks' wife and child had been killed in a car crash four years ago and that his client had struggled with the loss.

He said Hicks had been under a lot of stress on the day of the offence and cooperated with police.

MS Sturgess said the incident with the knife would have been a frightening experience for the victim and his brother.

"Even if you had no intention of doing anything other than waving the knife around in a threatening manner, the victims didn't know that," she said.

Hicks was convicted and placed on a probation order for two years.


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