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Machete-wielding dad faces court with baby in arms

STANDING before a Gladstone magistrate cradling a sleeping baby in his arms, Mark Eade admitted to wielding a machete at East Shores and causing people fear.

Prosecutor Snr Sgt Mark Gorton said police were called to the busy car park at 1pm on Sunday, July 17 after Eade became enraged over his car being "parked-in" by another vehicle.

He said Eade grabbed a machete from his car and began yelling and screaming, threatening to smash the vehicle if its owner did not move it out of the way.

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Sgt Gorton said no one was hurt in the incident and he did not submit that the penalty be too harsh.

Eade pleaded guilty to going armed as to cause fear.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Eade had returned to Gladstone from Rockhampton and not taken his medication, otherwise he would not have acted in the way he did when he found a vehicle was blocking his car.

Magistrate Penelope Hay asked for evidence Eade was taking prescribed medication.

However, Eade said he did not have any scripts with him, only the medication box.

Mr Pepito said he had no documents detailing the medical condition and the court could only take his word but Ms Hay insisted that the court have medical documentation from Eade's treating doctor before she would sentence him over the offence.

Mr Eade said he could go home and get a medication box; however Ms Hay told him she would not accept a box of medication.

"You need to calm down, you are not assisting yourself," she told Eade who appeared to be getting agitated.

"I'm going to adjourn sentence to another day."

Eade said he could have his doctor fax the information direct to the court.

At the time of the incident police said they had been able to track down Eade after speaking to witnesses who gave a description of the car he was driving.

One witness who saw the drama described it as being a major overreaction, saying the man had driven over a kerb and got angry at people who had parked their vehicle in a centre car park.

The witness then said the offender appeared to be a P-plater who drove a lowered sports car.

He drove off past the yacht club and down Goondoon St.

The incident went largely unnoticed by most of the families nearby.

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