Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Cleaver Rage over Toy

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Cleaver Rage over Toy

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Byline: Francesca McMackin

AN INSKIP camper who "lost the plot" when a woman threw his treasured soft toy on the fire, has apologised in court for threatening to kill her with a meat cleaver.

Beenleigh man Scott Matthew Owen, 28, was camping at Inskip Point's Beagle camping area on October 1 this year when one of the women he was travelling with threw his stuffed toy dog on the camp fire.

A police prosecutor, addressing Gympie Magistrates Court on Thursday, said Owen flew into a rage and grabbed a meat cleaver, threatening to kill her and bury her in the sand.

Alarmed campers called 000 at 10am, but by the time police arrived the situation had defused and the group was packing to leave the camp ground.

Officers arrested Owen and found the meat cleaver in the back of his car.

Owen represented himself before the court this week, dressed casually as he pleaded guilty to committing public nuisance and possessing a knife in public. …

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