Teenager threatens to hit council officers with bat

THREATENING to assault Toowoomba Regional Council officers has left teenager Luke John Sutton on probation.

Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard the two male council officers had attended a Rowbotham St residence on the afternoon of February 6 to investigate a reported problem.

However, after knocking on the front door, the officers noticed a roller door open and the 17-year-old with no shirt on approaching, police prosecutor Senior Constable Des Neijens told the court.

He said the teenager had said to the officers words to the effect "I'm going to get my bat and wrap it around your ..... heads".

The officers then left, noticing the teen was holding what appeared to be the handle of a mattock, Snr Const Neijens said.

Police attended the residence a few days later and arrested Sutton and seized the wooden handle.

Sutton pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening violence.

His solicitor Chris Lumme said his client had been experiencing some family issues and on the day had a "brain explosion".

His client had since sought counselling for mental health issues, he said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll told the teen public officers should be allowed to go about their work without being threatened.

He placed the teen on 12 months probation, but ordered the conviction not be recorded.


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