Men shoot air rifle from a balcony

A MAN who used an air rifle to shoot cans and a road sign from his friend's suburban balcony was given a dressing down in court for his failure to dress up.

The 20-year-old Gin Gin man who arrived in a shirt with “I'm no vegetarian but I'm off my chops” written on it was pulled up by police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens for his inappropriate attire.

Logan Pierce Davidson pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon, discharging a weapon in a public place and breaching his bail undertaking.

The court heard police were called to a Dear Street address on June 7 after reports of repeated gun fire.

They located an air rifle hidden behind a lounge which belonged to Davidson's friend.

The defendant and his co-offenders admitted they had been using the gun to shoot cans on the balcony of the two-storey house.

They then moved their attention to a road sign which meant they were shooting through a neighbour's front yard.

“There were houses within 40m which was certainly in range,” Sgt Stevens said.

“The defendant showed remorse and was co-operative with police.”

He then failed to appear at court and said he had lost his paperwork while moving.

Davidson represented himself in court and said he was sober at the time of the offence and was with two or three people.

He said he had moved to Gin Gin about a year ago from Victoria to live with his mother.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring placed the unemployed man on a $100 good behaviour bond for 12 months and did not record a conviction.

He also fined Davidson $500 for the breach of bail undertaking.

“Maybe you should go somewhere and get a job and do something useful with your life instead of shooting air rifles across the street,” Mr Lavaring said.

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