Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Fight Ends with Shots Fired; Siblings' Argument Gets Violent and Involves Shotgun

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Fight Ends with Shots Fired; Siblings' Argument Gets Violent and Involves Shotgun

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Byline: Kerri-Anne Mesner kerri-anne.mesner@capnews.com.au

IT IS common for siblings to fight, but it's not very often one fires off warning shots.

In a trial in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday, witnesses gave evidence of a 40-minute stand off that led to Tyler Ewing Skenner firing two gunshots into the air to allegedly force his sister, her boyfriend and a male friend to leave the family home on Somerset Rd, Kabra, on October 2.

Skenner told the court he and his pregnant girlfriend Caitlyn, a witness for the defence, arrived home about noon that day before they got into a loud argument with his sister, Erin.

What the actual argument was about seems to have been forgotten, but Tyler, Erin and Caitlyn all gave evidence that the girls did not like each other.

Skenner said he had told Caitlyn to go to the shed and calm down.

After this, Tyler and Erin went into the house and the argument escalated, at which point Erin said they slapped each other, the court heard.

Tyler Skenner, who pleaded guilty to charges of illegal firearm possession and dangerous conduct of a weapon, said he went off to cool down with Caitlyn at the shed.

No other person was charged in relation to the incident.

After he left Erin said she called her boyfriend, Slade Smyth, who arrived shortly afterwards by car with his friend Brandon Christensen.

After they arrived, a tirade of yelling, insults and threats ensued between the two parties.

Skenner claimed at one point he heard the two men yelling and calling his name so he walked to the door of the shed and heard Christensen say "I'm going to smack your head in".

Skenner told the court he grabbed a blunt machete from the shed when he saw Christensen walking towards him with a metal tyre iron in his hand.

Skenner said that at some point, Caitlyn tried to get between him and the others to stop the argument.

From here, the court heard differing versions of events. …

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