Man fined over gun scare near Warwick primary school
WARWICK man who sent a primary school in lockdown while carrying a gel blaster gun has been accused of “attention-seeking” during a court appearance.
Andrew Philip Jobson was walking near Warwick West State School while carrying a gel blaster when a member of the public called police, concerned it was a real firearm.
Jobson pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court to one charge of carrying an exposed weapon in a public place.
The court heard the 26-year-old was a long-term ice user and suffered from addiction for at least six years.,
Magistrate Jason Schubert said the actions showed a lack of concern and thought processes, and it was ‘attention-seeking behaviour’.
“Here we have a self-confessed drug addict walking the streets in public with a large exposed weapon, that behaviour will always cause concern for community,” he said.
Sergeant Ken Wiggan said while it was a lesser weapons charge, the event had still caused considerable concern to police and those at the primary school.
“If there was an offence for being stupid, he should have been charged with a stupid offence because he’s walked past the school with a fairly large type of a weapon or firearm,” Sgt Wiggan said.
“The facts were he caused alarm to some people in the school and police themselves.”
Jobson’s lawyer Clare Hine said it should also be taken into consideration that the item was not illegal.
“I certainly concur with my friend, it was sheer stupidity and since then, I’ve spoken to him and he’s got a better understanding of all the effects of his actions,” Mrs Hine said.
“But I should just say gel pack blasters are a toy. It’s sold as a toy. You don’t need a licence to own it. You can buy it at Big W or any good toy shop.
“He bought it as a toy in good faith that’s all it was. “
Mr Schubert said those circumstances led to his decision to sentence Jobson with $1250.
No conviction was recorded.