‘Lock me up and I’ll shoot you f---ing dead’
A NORTH Stradbroke Island resident who threatened to "shoot dead" a police officer had once fired a bullet into a bus depot narrowly missing a driver, a court has been told.
Che Anthony Walker, 47, faced Brisbane District Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to threatening senior constable David Bourke while being held at Dunwich Police Station in August last year.
Prosecutor Lara Soldi said Walker had an "intense dislike of police" and he had been convicted in 2018 of threatening to torture another officer and "skin him like a mother f-----r".
Ms Soldi said Walker became "belligerent" with police after they stopped him because he had taken a hip flask into an alcohol-free event on the island on August 31.
He was taken to a holding cell where he told Snr Const. Bourke: "Next time you try and lock me up c---t, I will shoot you f---ing dead. You dog, I know your face."
The court was told that because of Walker's criminal history, Snr Const. Bourke had taken the threats seriously.
In 2018, Walker had been sentenced to 12 months' jail after he fired a rifle into the headquarters of the North Stradbroke Bus Service - only just missing the neck of a man inside.
"Before it lodged into the kitchen wall, it narrowly missed the bus service owner's head. He sustained minor injuries as a consequence of debris and shrapnel hitting his neck," Ms Soldi said.
Defence barrister Dominic Nguyen said Walker had been drunk at the time he threatened Snr Const. Bourke.
"He was heavily intoxicated, frustrated and he can't remember too much from that time," Mr Nguyen said.
Mr Nguyen said because of bail conditions, Walker, who has Aboriginal heritage, had been unable to return to the bush camp he lived in on the island and had been sleeping rough near the ferry terminal.
He said Walker was part of a cultural group which had travelled the world performing traditional Quandamooka dances and worked with children who had been through youth justice.
Judge Vicki Loury said it was a "tragic" that he chose to self-medicate with alcohol when he could be moulding the next generation of Indigenous leaders.
"It is a tragic state of affairs that a man with so much talent and knowledge of your culture has let alcohol ruin your life," Judge Loury said.
"You have the capability of being a respected elder in your community but you are choosing alcohol and drugs over your own people."
Judge Loury said the incident had scarred Snr Const. Bourke who had to live and work within the small island community with Walker.
"He has had to tell his children of your threat to him to shoot him, no doubt they are terrified for him," she said.
Walker would have been serving time in jail if it were not for his early guilty plea and a letter of apology he wrote the officer, Judge Loury said.
He was sentenced to six months' jail with immediate parole.
Originally published as 'Lock me up and I'll shoot you f---ing dead'