Homeless man chases juveniles with machete
A HOMELESS man who chased three people with a machete through the streets of Dalby has claimed he was provoked.
Dalby Magistrates Court heard of the moment Cristopher Allen Buckley armed himself with the bladed weapon late on September 3.
The court heard of the frightening moment about 10.40pm, where police located a juvenile and a man at the Dalby Coles Express Fuel.
Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana said the pair “appeared frightened” to police, and claimed a man had chased them and another juvenile girl with a machete only moments earlier.
Police located the other victim shortly afterwards, who said the man was in a Holden Commodore on Bunya St.
Snr constable Tahana said police located Buckley in his car, where he made admissions to possessing the edged weapon.
He told police the machete was necessary to protect himself as he was homeless and sleeping in his vehicle.
The court heard Buckley had been sitting in his car when he heard something hit his vehicle.
“A few minutes later he observed three persons which included the victim walking along Bunya St,” snr const Tahana said.
“He stated after a short verbal altercation he exited his vehicle and chased the three persons down Bunya St outside Thomas Jack Park, before he brandished a machete at them.
“The defendant stated his intention was to scare those three persons.”
Buckley represented himself and told the court the three victims were “swearing and threatening him” saying they’ll “punch [his] head in”.
He said he felt threatened as all three of them began walking towards his car, so he grabbed his machete and chased them.
Magistrate Tracy Mossop told Buckley “two wrongs don’t make a right”, saying this was a serious offence he was charged with.
She warned Buckley of the different scenarios that could arise from possessing a dangerous weapon in public.
“That’s the whole reason why we have these laws,” she said.
“We’re trying to protect everyone in the community.”
Buckley pleaded guilty to going armed so as to cause fear, and was fined $600, with his machete forfeited.
A conviction wasn’t recorded.