Guilty plea over ‘pistol’ threat

Christopher James Rollinson appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on March 8.

He pleaded guilty to being armed or pretending to be armed in a way that may cause fear.

The prosecutor said on October 9, 2015 at 9.05am Rollinson became involved in an argument with a driver by the side of the road. A second driver, going in the opposite direction, saw the dispute and out of concern for the first driver’s welfare, approached Rollinson.

He went up to Rollinson, who was still acting in an abusive and threatening manner, and pushed him in an effort to get him to stop.

Rollinson responded by saying he was going to his car to get his nunchucks, but instead got into his car and drove away east on Robinson Road.

The driver who had confronted Rollinson followed him.

Rollinson then produced what seemed to be a real firearm, waved it around and pointed it backwards towards his pursuer.

Police were called and later caught up with Rollinson.

They seized a toy gun that looked realistic.

Rollinson told Magistrate Leanne Aitkins he felt threatened.

“I did it in self defence,” he said.

“It was a stupid decision but I did it to get this guy away from me.

“In my view he was pursuing me into attacking me.

“I have a picture of this guy and due to our size difference, I was in fear.

“It was my only conclusion at that time when I was in fear.”

Magistrate Aitkins said it was a particularly serious offence due the current environment.

She sentenced him to a 12- month Intensive Supervision Order with programs and supervision requirements.