Machete waved in air as threat to kill
AN AIRLIE Beach man put a venue in lock down and left dozens of patrons in fear as he waved his machete in the air during an angry rage, the Proserpine court heard on Monday.
Prosecutor Bernhard Berger said on January 27 at 5.45pm, John Bernhard Magann, 27, was having drinks with friends at the Whitsunday Sailing Club when another person made a remark during a conversation about people with cancer. which offended Magann.
After some "heated words” Magann became physical towards the man on the club's balcony which was occupied by dozens of people including young children who were alarmed by the behaviour.
Magann and the man then walked down stairs to a large grassed area in front of the balcony where they entered into a fist fight in plain view of those seated on the balcony.
After being directed to leave by management, Magann walked to his car, retrieved a large machete and starting walking back towards the venue prompting management to quickly lock the doors as they were in fear of their safety and that of their patrons. Magann tried to re-enter the venue but when this was unsuccessful, he proceeded to yell and scream at the front door while waving his machete in the air.
Magann made multiple death threats to patrons: "You are all f**king c****, I have a nine mil (knife), I will kill every mother f**ker”, the court was told.
Whitsunday police were called and found Magann standing on the downstairs grass area waving his machete violently in the air. After being ordered to drop his knife, Magann was arrested and taken to the Whitsunday watch house.
Magann then told police he was "just angry" about comments made about cancer as he had a close relative recently pass away from the disease.
Magistrate Simon Young said he was "completely taken aback” by the facts.
Despite Magann handing over a letter of apology to the Sailing Club, Magistrate Young was not impressed saying "it's not much of an apology - it's a justification”, adding he felt he would do it again if the "circumstance was justified”.
Magistrate Young said "to go away, get a machete, then come back in to threaten people who were in that yacht club who had nothing to do with your dispute, to kill every one of them, is something that I cannot overlook".
Magann received three months imprisonment, wholly suspended for 12 months and a $750 fine for having a knife in public and being a public nuisance.