Toy gun lands man in court twice
A TOY handgun has landed a Gold Coast man in hot water for the second time in less than three years.
Joshua Matthew Laredo pulled a toy handgun from his pocket, pointing it at cars on High Street, Southport about 9pm on December 29, 2015, the Southport Magistrates Court heard.
Laredo had was sentenced to jail time in 2013 for pulling the same stunt on Frank Street, Labrador.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Nick Wang said the people in the car the gun was pointed at "panicked" as the gun looked realistic.
The driver then called police.
"A toy gun the defendant has used to point at the oncoming vehicle was found on him after a police search," Sgt Wang said.
Laredo was detained by police and charged with going armed to cause fear.
Defence lawyer Sam Jackson, of Bamberry Lawyers, said Laredo, 30, suffered from schizophrenia and at the time was off his medication and homeless.
He said since in incident Laredo has spent almost two years in the mental health ward seeking treatment.
"That long term treatment seems to have had an immense benefit for my client," Mr Jackson said.
He said his client was now back on his medication and no longer taking illegal drugs.
Magistrate Andrew Sinclair said the case was unusual because of the time already spent in prison on a similar offence.
But he said the time spent seeking treatment had obviously helped.
Mr Sinclair sentenced Laredo to three years probation.