Rockingham man makes dangerous weapons with son as a way to bond

Rockingham Magistrates Court
Rockingham Magistrates Court

A MAN who made weapons with his child was blasted by the Magistrate who held serious concerns for what the father thought was ‘appropriate bonding time’.

Timothy Robert Bowcher Wilkins Cuffe pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and possession of controlled weapons when he appeared in Rockingham Magistrates Court today.

The prosecutor said police conducted a search warrant at Cuffe’s home on October 30 when they found the items in a bedroom.

There were multiple bags filled with cannabis weighing 61 grams, while another 1 gram was found in his car after it was searched.

In the bedroom leaning up against a wall, police found two handmade weapons, one made from a wooden pole with a serrated blade attached and another wooden pole with a sharp metal spike attached.

Mr Cuffe said they were props for his son’s Halloween outfit.

“My son made it – it was father-son bonding time, it was for his Walking Dead zombie costume,” he said.

“It happened the day before Halloween, they were up against the wall in my bedroom all ready to go for Halloween.”

Magistrate Leanne Atkins appeared shocked.

“It beggars belief that you would think it appropriate to use them for your son’s costume,” she said.

Mr Cuff replied that yes, he “should have gone with cap guns”.

Magistrate Atkins said that was worse.

“A gun? Have you any idea what goes on? Have you seen the news?” she said.

“People can be considerably frightened from people carrying weapons.”

Mr Cuffe said he did not read the news.

“It’s just an outfit your honour,” he said.

Magistrate Atkins adjourned for a presentence report.

“You are giving me serious concerns for what you think is appropriate for your son,” she said.

“You stun me today – I can not believe this is acceptable.”

He is due to be sentenced on February 22.