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Knife man sends Gracemere school into lockdown

A MAN carrying a knife caused a school to go into lockdown when its principal spotted him going onto school grounds.

When the principal went after him Lyle Morris Tiers dropped the two knives he held when he was instructed to.

Police prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens, in Gladstone Magistrates Court, said the principal was sitting in a car outside Waraburra State School at Gracemere when he saw a man run onto the school grounds carrying two large knives.

He said the principal confronted Tiers outside a classroom and told him to put the knives down which he did.

The school was placed in lockdown until police arrived at 3.50pm.

Sgt Stevens said Tiers told police it was not his intention to scare anyone but alleged two men had been following him and he was only trying to get away.

"He put the knives down and walked away," Sgt Stevens said.

In another crime before the court, goon wine, bottles of rum, vodka, and ciggies were on the shopping list for Tiers after he stole three bank cards.

Within an hour he racked up nearly $400 in booze and smokes using the stolen cards at a Biloela store which was captured on CCTV.

Tiers, 29, appearing in custody via video link from jail, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in a public place on November 9 and being on the premises of a State School; 9 counts of fraud by dishonestly gaining liquor or cigarettes at Biloela on November 28 last year; entering a dwelling house and stealing a mobile phone and three bank cards.

Sgt Stevens said Tiers spent $397 on the stolen cards.

He was arrested on November 29 after police received a triple-0 call about two men fighting.

However, Tiers who had no identification gave police a false name of 'James Murdoch' which police later realised.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said alcohol was Tier's problem and had no money so used the stolen cards to buy the alcohol.

Magistrate Jeffrey Clarke said Tiers had 20 pages of criminal offences and his alcohol problems had led him from one jail sentence to another.

"It is not an enjoyable way to live your life," he said.

"Unless you change your ways you will keep on bouncing in and out of prison."

Tiers was sentenced to 12 months jail and ordered to serve four months before getting parole.

With the 66 days spent in custody Tiers will be released on April 4.

Topics:  gladstone, knife, lockdown, principal, school



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