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Death threat after finding out about dead mum

CHAD Landore flew into Gladstone Airport for an emotional reunion to see his dying mother but was met by family and told she had died.

Police were called to the terminal to attend a noisy disturbance and officers heard Landore threaten to kill his sister.

Police then arrested him for outstanding traffic and drink driving offences committed back in 2008.

With his left arm nursed in a sling and claiming to be in pain, Landore, 40, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle when intoxicated at Agnes Water on April 13, 2008; driving under the influence - 0.233; failing to stop for police; and failing to appear in court.

Gladstone CIB this week also charged him with the serious offence of robbery with violence/armed/incompany at the Acacia Ridge TAB on March 31, 2008.

Prosecutor Gavin Reece said police at 1am on April 13, 2008 saw Landore drive away from the Agnes Water tavern at speed with no headlights the drive down a hill at speed in the wrong lane.

At an intersection, with its tyres screeching the 4WD spun out of control then stopped.

After turning it was driven along a footpath then back onto the road.

A police car with sirens and flashing lights on followed it toward 1770. Mr Reece said Landore get out of the 4WD and run into bushes behind a motel where he was arrested.

He was also disqualified at the time.

Mr Reece said police were called to Gladstone airport by terminal staff on March 2 at 7.45pm complaining that a man was causing a disturbance.

Police opposed bail on the robbery charge fearing Landore to be a flight risk.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said the police case against Landore was circumstantial.

"Fingerprints or fingerprint that is identified as belonging to him," he said.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said a police document before her indicates a prima facie case exists and she queried that police heard Landore "yelling a threat to kill family member".

"The circumstance of that is he was only just told his mother had passed away. He was trying to get in before that," Mr Polley said.

"The family dynamics are not great. I'm only here to bury my mum," Landore said from the dock.

"My sister and I haven't seen each other for 22 years.

"We never got along. Once this is over we will never speak again.

"Unfortunately it's a terrible family dynamic."

Ms Hay said Landore would remain in custody over the weekend.

He will be sentenced on Monday and Ms Hay will give her bail decision.

Topics:  death threat, family feud, gladstonecourt, gladstone magistrates court



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