Man yells at couple: 'You know who I am. I am the dragon'
"YOU know who I am. I am the dragon."
Those were the words an Emerald couple awoke to - screamed at them by a drunken housemate last week before he assaulted and threatened to kill them, and held them captive in their own home.
Troy Jonathon Deppeler, 36, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to one assault charge, one deprivation of liberty charge and two charges of possessing weapons.
Police prosecutor Helen Lane said the male victim had dropped Deppeler at work on October 24 at 5.30pm, returned home, and went to bed about 9.30pm.
She said Deppeler entered the victims' bedroom in the early hours of October 25.
After knocking and being invited inside, he yelled: "You know who I am. I am the dragon. You know what these tattoos on my arm mean?"
Ms Lane said Deppeler grabbed the man by the head and pulled him before smashing the victim's head against the wall several times.
She said this was repeated four times as the victim tried to sit up.
Deppeler later ordered the pair into the lounge room, where he threatened to kill them and told the woman he was going into the backyard to dig up a gun.
Deppeler went outside and returned with a chef's knife about 15cm long in a plastic sheath.
He held the point of the knife to the man's throat, pushing until the man's chair legs lifted off the ground. He then slammed the knife on the table and smashed the sheath.
Ms Lane said the incident lasted for an hour while Deppeler sat at the table, waving the knife at the couple and drinking vodka.
Deppeler then threatened to harm himself and walked off.
The male victim followed and cut his thumb as he attempted to take the knife off Deppeler.
The court heard Deppeler calmed down at that point.
The incident was reported to police once the station opened that morning and a search was carried out of Deppeler's room, revealing three throwing knifes and a bracelet knife.
He told police he had been drinking with co-workers after his shift and that his partner attended. Deppeler said they argued and he didn't recall anything after that until the self-harm threat.
Deppeler had been staying with the couple prior to the incident.
Defence lawyer Joanne Madden said Deppeler had misplaced his mental illness medication and not taken his pills for four days.
She said he was not using that as an excuse for his behaviour. Ms Madden said Deppeler was also stressed after his mother died of throat cancer after previously refusing to communicate with him.
Also, his partner was expecting their first baby in four to five weeks.
"If released he would remain in Rockhampton until he stabilises on medication and continues with counselling with Centacare, which he started five months ago," Ms Madden said.
Deppeler received a six-month prison term, wholly suspended and operational for 12 months, along with a two-year probation order.
Convictions were recorded.