Man leads police on chase after firearms threat
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.