Strict supervision while on parole for siege offender

LOCKDOWN: Police and residents gathered while a siege played out at Buderim, February 7, 2017.
LOCKDOWN: Police and residents gathered while a siege played out at Buderim, February 7, 2017. Patrick Woods

THE man behind a siege that had Buderim streets and a shopping complex in lockdown for hours has been released on parole.

In Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday Chris Anthony Hartshorn, 41, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy ordered he be released on parole yesterday, after having served four-and-a-half months in prison.

Police declared an emergency situation about 5.45pm on February 7 around Stringybark Rd, blocking residents access to their homes and shops and restaurants nearby, after Hartshorn pointed a replica gun at a neighbour, then later police.

After hours of intense negotiations at his unit complex in Goshawk Blvd, Hartshorn surrendered and since his arrest has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, as well as suffering problems with alcohol abuse and drug use.

Ms Hennessy said it was clear Hartshorn was quite distressed by the incident and it appeared he was affected by alcohol.

"There is some involvement obviously of your mental health situation at the time in the offending but it seems to be inextricably interlinked with your intoxication at the time," she said.

While on parole for the remainder of his sentence, Ms Hennessy said Hartshorn would be under strict supervision and getting the help he needed to address his drug, and alcohol issues, and continue to get his mental health under control, as he had already begun to do in prison.

"You need to understand this is extremely serious behaviour and it's not something you can engage in again," she said.

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