Two years jail for threat to police
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.