Man in court on threat

A WARWICK man who a court heard threatened to have his ex-girlfriend shot has appeared in court via video link from jail.

Andrew Mark Bennett this week pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court to assault or obstruct police, two breaches of bail and one of breaching a domestic violence order.

The court heard on December 17 - just days after being released from jail - Bennett breached a domestic violence order when he threatened to shoot the woman for not giving his property back.

The court heard the two were neighbours at the time and became embroiled in a verbal altercation when Bennett walked past the woman's home on the way to his own.

Addressing the magistrate as "mate", Bennett denied the claim he threatened to have the woman shot.

"I wouldn't do that ... she's got kids in the house, mate," Bennett said.

Bennett told the magistrate he was tired of doing time for the woman and he simply wanted her to give him his belongings.

In a separate incident on January 9, Bennett - who was then on a return to prison warrant - ran from police after they intercepted the vehicle in which he was a passenger.

The court heard Bennett took off on foot behind the Warwick Showgrounds and travelled along McEvoy St.

He was located by police two hours later and said he ran because he didn't want to be sent back to jail.

Magistrate Graham Lee acknowledged Bennett's "extensive criminal history", which contained consistent domestic violence order and bail breaches.

Bennett was sentenced to three months jail, with a parole eligibility date set for April 30.


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