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Jul 18

Dangerous weapon: Ganmain man seeks justice with ugly ‘bat’

WAGGA LOCAL COURT
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IT was the sort of grisly weapon Ganmain residents might expect to see only in the movies.

The sharp end of screws protruded from a 60cm wooden pole shaped like a baseball bat.

The pole was in the raised arm of a furious Barry Miller when police saw him at a Hannah Street house about 4am on July 19.

Miller, also known at Barry Moore, was at the house for a third time in two hours, having previously smashed a window of a vehicle owned by one of the occupants on the first visit and puncturing a car tyre on the second.

In Wagga Local Court on Monday, Miller’s solicitor Kate Bleasel put to magistrate Michael Antrum the reason her client had given her for what she described as appalling behaviour.

Ms Bleasel said Miller had “geed up” some men in a hotel, but realising this attitude could lead to trouble he left the hotel by a back door.

Sometime later, someone drove through a fence at Miller’s house and smashed into his partner’s car, causing an estimated $2500 damage.

Police were called, but an intoxicated Miller decided to take matters into his own hands before they arrived.

An unlicensed Miller drove around to Hannah Street where he banged on the front door, threw insults at a man inside the house, made threats and damaged the car just after 2am and again just before 3am.

About 3.40am police arrived in Hannah Street and spoke to the victim just as he took a call on his mobile telephone from Miller.

“I’m coming over there … I hope your have plenty of your mates with ya,” police heard Miller say over the phone’s loud speaker.

At 4.05am Miller showed up with his offensive weapon and police saw him go to the victim’s front door and yell “get out here you dog, I’m here”.

Miller dropped to the ground at the command of police.

Miller, who previously pleaded guilty to five offences, was remorseful for his conduct, Ms Bleasel said.

She said there hadbeen provocation, and a person had been charged over the damage to the vehicle belonging to Miller’s partner.

Mr Antrum said he was concerned about Miller’s weapon.

“Mr Miller, you are not a Viking, and we are not living in the Middle Ages,” Mr Antrum said.

“Real men don’t wander around with home made weapons, they solve issues with words.”

Miller was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service for having custody of offensive weapon.

He was given an additional 150 hours of community service for intimidation.

Miller was placed on two 12-month good behaviour bonds for two counts of damaging property and ordered to pay $450 compensation.

He was also fined $220 and disqualified from driving for three months for unlicensed driving.

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