Replica gun forces hospital shutdown - Rocky court hears

WEARING what he claims was a costume for a dress up party, a camouflage-clad David John Kadir allegedly walked into the Rockhampton Hospital with a replica rifle slung over his shoulder.

In fear of their safety, hospital staff locked down the lower level of the building, including the accident and emergency department, and called police.

Kadir, 32, appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday charged with going armed in public to cause fear.

Police prosecutor Matthew Heelan said Kadir went to the canteen area of the hospital at 9am on Sunday.

He said the defendant was wearing a camouflage jacket and pants and a balaclava around his neck.

The court heard Kadir was carrying an AK-47 replica rifle, as well as a 50cm hunting knife, which was tucked into the waistband of his pants.

Mr Heelan said he also had a pair of metal knuckle dusters attached to a piece of string tied around his neck.

The court heard Kadir was "looking around and playing with the gun".

Mr Heelan said a man approached him and asked him what he was doing.

It's alleged Kadir then raised the gun above his head and shouted.

The court heard Kadir had removed the piece of plastic from the end of the gun, which indicates it's a replica.

Police intercepted Kadir on Agnes St.

Mr Heelan said police had to draw their firearms when arresting him.

A set of scales, two grams of a white crystal substance known as MSM and a mobile phone containing messages relating to the supply of drugs were found at the defendant's residence.

The court heard Kadir was under the influence of drugs at the time.

Duty lawyer Lance Rundle made an application for bail on Kadir's behalf.

While no plea was entered, Mr Rundle said his client was adamant he was wearing a costume for a dress up party he had attended the night before.

Mr Heelan said there was strong evidence against Kadir, including CCTV footage. He said he was an unacceptable risk of re-offending, breaching bail and endangering the public.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove refused bail and the defendant was remanded in custody until June 6.



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