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Man held knife to cops: Court


A 32-YEAR-OLD man who threatened police with a knife and scissors during a tense standoff at a Toowoomba home has been granted bail with strict conditions.

Brodrick James Lawton had barricaded himself inside ae bedroom at his partner’s home in Toowoomba on August 28.

As police with taser and guns drawn tried to get him to come out of the room, he eventually came to the door holding the knife and scissors, Toowoomba Magistrate­s Court heard on Saturday.

When told by police that they would taser him if he did not drop the weapons, Lawton dropped his weapons and was arrested.

The 32-year-old was taken to Toowoomba Hospital for a mental health assessment but had been discharged before police had been told, Sergeant Hutton said.

Lawton was found by police on Friday and spent the night in the watch house before appearing in court Saturday.

He was not required to enter pleas to charges of serious assault of police, assault police and possessing drug utensils.

His solicitor Hamish Chapman applied for bail, telling the court his client had some “mental health concerns”.

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