Man jailed after crossbow incident

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 16:59 05/07/2013

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A Hamilton man armed with a crossbow who threatened police and dog-control officers has been jailed.

Brian Stewart Douglas, 43, became enraged when dog-control officers turned up at his Melville property accompanied by police on August 15 last year.

The Hamilton District Court today heard that officers were there to deal with a matter regarding his partner's dogs, but Douglas was unimpressed, swearing at them and telling them to leave.

Douglas went inside and returned with an unloaded hunting bow, although he was carrying a stash of arrows.

He pointed the crossbow at a police officer and continued to yell obscenities.

Because of his behaviour, everybody backed away out of his line of sight, before he retreated inside.

Police went to the back of the house, where Douglas was standing on his deck with the bow nearby.

He was asked to move away, but would not, before he was pepper-sprayed. That had little effect as Douglas went back inside his house.

Douglas was eventually arrested inside his house.

Crown prosecutor Rebecca Guthrie said Douglas repeatedly threatened violence and abused the officers.

However, it was accepted that he showed no intention of using the bow.

Douglas had a "significant" criminal history of violence, failing to comply with figures of authority and disorder offences, she said.

The Department of Corrections had opposed an electronically monitored sentence be issued because of Douglas' volatility and non-compliance with its staff and sentences.

Douglas' lawyer, Mike Talbot, accepted that his client had a history, but he had not committed any violence offences for six years.

Douglas accepted his behaviour was unjustified and unacceptable.

In sentencing Douglas to eight months' prison, Judge Denise Clark warned him not to behave in that way in the future.

She hoped he would get support for his "problem-solving" difficulties. 

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