Two years jail for threat to po­lice

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

AN Usher man di­ag­nosed with para­noid schizophre­nia was in an in­duced psy­chosis when he threat­ened to kill a po­lice of­fi­cer dur­ing an eight-hour stand off on the roof of a home.

Bradley Con­ner McCabe, 23, was sen­tenced in Bun­bury District Court on Mon­day to two years be­hind bars over the Jan­u­ary 12 in­ci­dent in Glen Iris.

Af­ter run­ning from po­lice and lock­ing him­self in his mother’s home, McCabe climbed a neigh­bour’s roof and armed with two sy­ringes, re­fused to get down and threat­ened po­lice.

Po­lice tried to stop the un­li­censed McCabe – wanted on an ar­rest war­rant – when he was seen driv­ing in Glen Iris about 6.50pm, but he ran from the car, throw­ing a frozen coke at po­lice as he did.

Ini­tially two po­lice of­fi­cers climbed on the roof where McCabe was and they were forced to draw a taser and a gun when McCabe pro­duced a sy­ringe and yelled “this s... is worse than a gun, come any closer and I will f... stab you”.

The of­fi­cers even­tu­ally de­cided to dis­en­gage with McCabe and got down from the roof.

McCabe con­tin­ued to threaten and taunt po­lice, dar­ing of­fi­cers to shoot him.

The court was told, McCabe then pulled out an­other sy­ringe and in­jected it into his arm be­fore keep­ing both sy­ringes in his hand and con­tin­u­ing his threats.

On sev­eral oc­ca­sions McCabe pointed the sy­ringes at one of the of­fi­cers and said “I’m go­ing to f ...... kill you. I’m com­ing for you first”.

McCabe in­di­cated he had filled the sy­ringes with blood and at one point slid down the roof to­wards the of­fi­cer who yelled at him to stop and that his fam­ily was present.

McCabe even­tu­ally sur­ren­dered to po­lice at 3.10am.

The court was told, the in­ci­dent oc­curred within six months of McCabe be­ing re­leased from a three-year jail term for armed rob­bery and other of­fences.

A pre-sen­tence re­port showed McCabe had a his­tory of sub­stance abuse and a “dys­func­tional” child­hood, but was now sup­ported by his mother and a new part­ner.

He was made el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

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