Man 'wanted to go to jail'

A MAN took a taxi to the police station so he could taunt officers with a knife, Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott said Wade Francis Marshall had been walking around Bundaberg on Sunday afternoon when he became convinced that someone was following him.

“He presented at the foyer of the station and produced a stainless steel knife, saying, ‘I’m possessing a knife in a public place, what are you going to do about it?’” Sgt Shapcott said.

She said Marshall, a father of three, hailed a taxi from Boundary Street and went to the police station on Bourbong Street, where he told the driver he had no money and no intention to pay.

Police took the knife from Marshall, and he told them he had not paid the taxi fare for his ride to the station.

The driver was waiting outside the station, and the meter had reached $50.30.

Sgt Shapcott said the man was on parole at the time of the offence, and had a long history that included several similar incidents.

“While it may not seem like a particularly serious offence, I am seeking a period of imprisonment in light of his history,” she said.

Defence lawyer Christine Delaney said Marshall had entered an early plea of guilty to evading a fare and possessing a knife in public.

She said her client was not trying to hurt anybody with the weapon, and attended the police station because he thought he needed help.

“He has a long history of drug issues, which he has struggled with,” Ms Delaney said.

“He thought he was being followed, and took himself off to the police station. He is mindful that he needs treatment (for his drug problems).”

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said it seemed as if Marshall wanted to go back to prison.

“It’s a very odd circumstance indeed,” she said.

She sentenced him to six weeks in prison, with a parole eligibility date of November 8.

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