Man threatens to kill partner, journalists and is fined $600
INSTEAD of reporting the news, Chronicle journalist Mitch Crawley and photographer Valerie Horton became part of it when a man resisting arrest threatened to kill them.
The pair had to provide statements to police and were summonsed to appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court after the man in question, Jake Aaron Tulk, said he planned to fight a charge of obstructing police.
Photographs of the incident taken by Ms Horton were going to be used as evidence against Tulk.
But Tulk failed to appear in court when required and therefore the hearing his cancelled.
The 22-year-old was found guilty and fined $600 in his absence.
The court heard that on June 20 police attended Tulk's Eli Waters home about a domestic disturbance.
He was with a child in a pram when police told him he was under arrest about 12.45pm.
Tulk pushed the pram between himself and the officers and then lunged towards the child.
Police attempted to arrest him and he struggled violently, yelling and swearing at them.
He then threatened to kill the Chronicle staff members who had arrived at the scene and told police he would "finish the job" of killing his partner upon his release.
Mr Crawley told police he saw Tulk acting aggressively, take up a "fighting stance" and also clearly heard him swearing.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said Tulk had shown no remorse and Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said he had wasted time and resources by forcing the court to schedule a hearing date and police to organise witnesses who were not required.
Police did not seek to recover any costs.