Mum threatens to kill son for not moving out of home
AN intoxicated mother brandishing a knife threatened to kill her son, Warwick Magistrates Court heard.
After learning her 23-year-old son wasn't leaving home, the woman began yelling in the car park of the Condamine Sports Club, saying she would kill him.
Minutes later police found the 44-year-old mother of three on Grafton St, at which point she raised her hands and dropped the knife on the ground.
"I'm annoyed with my son, I'm going to teach him a lesson," she told police at the time of her arrest.
"I just want to scare him because he hasn't made any attempt to get a house."
The woman pleaded guilty to one count of going armed as to cause fear, and another count of public nuisance when she appeared before the magistrate yesterday.
The court heard that on the same day in September last year, Orchard yelled from her yard, "My son is over there somewhere, I'm going to kill him."
According to police prosecutor Sergeant Steve de Lissa, the yelling was heard and seen from a nearby park.
The 44-year-old's defence lawyer Bonnie O'Brien said her client's behaviour was fuelled by frustration.
"She instructed she had been trying to get (her son) another place," Ms O'Brien said.
According to Ms O'Brien, on the morning of her client's offences she had found out her son would not be leaving home after failing to organise himself properly.
"She describes it as almost a mental break," Ms O'Brien said.
"She has little recollection until she was in police custody."
Magistrate Robert Walker said the string of offences were particularly concerning given a weapon was involved.
"The use of the knife including threats to kill your son certainly raised alarm in my mind," he said.
The woman was sentenced to 12 months' probation and a conviction was recorded.