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Hefty fine after drunk death threat

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February 01, 2018

A MAN who threatened to kill police officers during a drunken rampage at a Rushworth caravan park 12 months ago has been convicted and fined $2000.

A MAN who threatened to kill police officers during a drunken rampage at a Rushworth caravan park 12 months ago has been convicted and fined $2000.

Shepparton’s David Willett, 49, appeared in Echuca Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to two counts of threats to kill, two counts of assaulting a police officer, using threatening language in a public place and possession of a controlled weapon.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Karl Mannes said on January 14, 2017, Willett arrived at the caravan park intoxicated and aggressive.

Police arrived at 8.50pm, but left soon after speaking with Willett.

‘‘After some time the accused returned to the park and began abusing his partner and broke the door to their cabin,’’ Snr Constable Mannes said.

‘‘The situation escalated and he became more aggressive and violent. Police arrived back at the park around 11.20pm and began pursuit on foot around the park after the accused.’’

Willett was held up in his mother’s cabin armed with a 28cm knife, which he began pointing at both officers, Snr Constable Mannes said.

‘‘One of the officers produced his gun and asked the accused to lose the knife. Both officers feared they would be stabbed.’’

Snr Constable Mannes said capsicum spray was deployed twice to control Willett.

This is when he began threatening to kill the police officers.

‘‘He then held the knife to the right side of his neck in an attempt to kill himself,’’ Snr Constable Mannes said.

More police officers arrived at 12.15am.

‘‘He had two kitchen knives and was yelling a stream of abuse at the officers and threatening to kill them,’’ Snr Constable Mannes said.

It wasn’t until officers produced a Taser that Willett surrendered. Due to his condition, he was taken to hospital by ambulance after his arrest.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said Willett had a significant history of drunken, violent behaviour.

‘‘Your conduct was absolutely appalling and rendered yourself incapable of having proper thoughts,’’ he said.

‘‘You were an absolute nuisance to other members of the park and were a significant disruption to the district’s police force. I warn you if there are any other incidents like this, especially of this magnitude, you will be jailed.’’

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