Threat with spear gun

A MAN who allegedly threatened to shoot his neighbour with a spear gun has narrowly avoided spending Christmas in jail.

Police were called on Monday morning to McIlwraith St, where an intoxicated Methuen William Fielding was allegedly abusing his neighbours.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jason Todman said a pool maintenance worker had arrived in the street to carry out work about 11am and heard Fielding hurling abuse at his neighbours.

After carrying out his duties, he returned to the front of the house where the alleged scene was still occurring.

"He told (the occupant) to ring police because she should not have to put up with that," Sgt Todman said.

Sgt Todman said the man's words angered Fielding, who then threatened him.

"He got in his car and locked the doors because he was in fear of being assaulted," the prosecutor said.

Sgt Todman said Fielding then turned his anger back on his neighbour, loaded a spear gun and pointed it at him.

"I'm going to get you with this," Fielding allegedly said.

Fielding, who is charged with dangerous conduct with a weapon, obstructing police and possessing or using a weapon under the influence of liquor, yesterday applied for bail in Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Barrister Nick Larter said in terms of Fielding's chances of bail, "the pointy end of the stick" was the fact he lived so close to his complainant neighbour.

Mr Larter said his client had little relevant history.

"He accepts there was an incident, but he does not accept them in their entirety as they've been disclosed to the court this morning," he said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts allowed Fielding bail, but said it was a close choice.

"This was certainly a lineball decision in relation to your bail today," she said.

"I haven't imposed a condition about being alcohol free, but obviously drinking to excess is not going to aid you."

Ms Batts ordered Fielding have no contact with the neighbour involved in the alleged incident.

The matter will be mentioned again on January 13.



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