Imitation gun in kill threat

A MAN who threatened two men at their work site has been ­order­ed to undergo drug and alcohol treatment as part of a community ­corrections order (CCO). 

Tristan O’Connell, 24, was yesterday sentenced to 148 days’ jail, which he had already served in pre-sentence detention, and must now carry out the remainder of his CCO with revised conditions.

Last week O’Connell pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill, two counts of threatening to inflict ­serious injury, unlawful assault and being a prohibited person ­using an imitation firearm.

Magistrate Felicity Broughton yesterday sentenced O’Connell and ordered the imitation firearm be destroyed.

The court previously heard on July 12 two workers were parked in their car along Washington Drive, Mildura, opposite O’Connell’s house, waiting to clean out gutters when O’Connell told them to leave.

O’Connell said he owned that section of street and was angry, believing the pair had woken his child while carrying out their work.

O’Connell went into his house and returned with what the victims ­believed to be a real gun and pointed it at the men, who then drove off and alerted police.

The court was told O’Connell had mental health issues and a number of medical conditions.

O’Connell yesterday walked free from custody after serving 148 days in pre-sentence detention and was ordered to carry out eight months of a previous CCO with revised conditions including that he have treatment for alcohol and drug abuse.

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