Police were called to Kingaroy Magistrates Court today.
Police were called to Kingaroy Magistrates Court today.

Police called to protect man from people outside court house

AN ONGOING feud spilled onto the steps of the court house when police were called to protect a man from people waiting for him outside.

Stevie John Allan, 18, faced charges at Kingaroy Magistrates Court on Monday for his involvement in two separate fights.

At the conclusion of his matters, the court heard three people involved in the feud waited for Allan outside the court house.

Magistrate Simon Young asked for police officers to escort Allan and his family to their car to avoid flaring tensions between the groups.

"I won't tolerate that sort of conduct in or around my court," Mr Young said.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Wayne Bushell said Allan was involved in two known altercations this year.

The most serious of the fights was outside Woolworth's supermarket when Allan pulled out a knife on July 29.

Sgt Bushell said Allan threw a number of punches at a man when the fight escalated.

"The defendant then produced a yellow handled box cutting knife from the top of his pants. He held the knife in his right hand before pointing it at the man," he said.

The court heard a witness called police after becoming fearful for herself and her child.

Sgt Bushell said Allan told police he bought the knife "to protect himself and scare people".

"It's pre-meditated by his own admissions to police, that he purchased the knife… having a gut feeling that something would happen that day," Sgt Bushell said.

Mr Young said the behaviour was inexcusable.

"No matter how good your gut feelings are… you just can't carry knives, full stop."

Allan was sentenced to nine months probation.

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