Man leads po­lice on chase af­ter firearms threat

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

A MAN who pointed two guns at a con­struc­tion worker, stole his work ute and led po­lice on a po­lice chase will serve two years in prison.

Jared Shayne Mitchell (24), pleaded guilty to com­mit­ting 18 of­fences in­clud­ing reck­less driv­ing and point­ing a firearm at an­other per­son from May 2017 to Au­gust 2017.

Mitchell ap­peared in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court last week via video link from Al­bany prison.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sean Dis­combe said Mitchell en­tered a Wor­mall con­struc­tion site in Madora Bay on Au­gust 9, 2017, car­ry­ing a shot­gun and a hand­gun. He told an em­ployee to “call the po­lice”.

He then pointed both firearms at the em­ployee be­fore driv­ing away with the em­ployee’s car.

Po­lice said Mitchell evaded po­lice in the stolen car through the Man­durah area, where he went through red lights and drove on the wrong side of the road.

When he stopped, po­lice found the two guns and a stolen WA driver’s li­cence in­side the car.

Ten rounds of am­mu­ni­tion in a cam­ou­flage bag and an­abolic steroids were also found dur­ing a search of his home on Au­gust 10.

Mitchell caused a dis­tur­bance at The Sebel Man­durah ho­tel on June 26, 2017, and had a dis­pute with the man­ager over a mini bar tab. Po­lice said Mitchell threat­ened to drive into the ho­tel with his car. He then con­tin­ued to do burnouts in front of the ho­tel.

De­fence lawyer Terry Dob­son told Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court Mitchell had spent 281 days in cus­tody since Au­gust 2017 and served close to seven months, mak­ing him el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

Mr Dob­son said the firearm Mitchell pointed at the con­struc­tion em­ployee was in a bro­ken state and would not have done any­thing but ter­rify the vic­tim.

“He was point­ing the gun but the weapon wasn’t closed,” he said.

Mr Dis­combe said im­me­di­ate im­pris­on­ment should be con­sid­ered for Mitchell’s sen­tence due to the se­ri­ous­ness of his of­fences and to pro­tect the com­mu­nity.

Mag­is­trate Anne Long­den said Mitchell had com­mit­ted an “ex­tremely wor­ry­ing set of cir­cum­stances”.

“Point­ing a gun at a man do­ing his ev­ery­day work would’ve been dis­turb­ing for him” she said.

Ms Long­den said Mitchell had suf­fered from sub­stance abuse with cannabis, meth and pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion.

“You’ve made some gains while be­ing in cus­tody and you have re­morse for your of­fences,” she said.

She sen­tenced Mitchell with a two-year ac­cu­mu­la­tive im­me­di­ate term of im­pris­on­ment, back­dated to Au­gust 10, 2017, and he re­ceived el­i­gi­bil­ity for pa­role.

He was also fined $3000.

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