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Frightened Gladstone school children receive kill threat

FRIGHTENED Gladstone school kids copped a torrent of threats from an angry dad who got onboard their school bus to criticise bullying.

Graeme Warde, 36, went to the rear of the afternoon bus on Lyons St and told them not to pick on another child.

"Do you think bullying is right. Maybe I should sort you out," he yelled, pointing at the students.

Shaking with anger Warde pointed to a girl and yelled: "I should kill you. I've got something in mind for you, hoe."

The nasty incident was outlined in Gladstone Magistrates Court by prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens.

Warde, via video link from jail, pleaded guilty to committing a public nuisance on the Buslink bus at 4.20pm on June 5.

Police say students were terrified at his threatening violent behaviour, but he left when the driver told him to get off.

Warde also pleaded guilty to trespass in a neighbour's yard, and threatening violence on another neighbour in Ward Close on December 20 in which he made threats to kill the man.

When he saw the man across the fence standing in his own yard Warde yelled: "If you ring the f***ing police I'm on f***ing parole, I'll go back to jail. You won't be able to hide in this universe."

Sgt Stevens said when his neighbour said he'd call police, Warde climbed over the fence saying "I'll f***king kill you now".

The man ran calling for help and a woman nearby yelled to Warde to go home, which he did.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said his bad behaviour to address bullying was tragic irony.

"It's bullying, it's worse," she said.

"You are not a small man. Threatening school children in a confined space is nothing brave or intelligent about that," she said.

"You use aggression, threats to kill to place people in fear, trying to control people in a way that is not appropriate."

Warde also pleaded guilty to assaulting a youth last July causing bodily harm to his face, a split lip, bloody nose and scratches; and stealing fresh rolls of turf, plants and a garden hose from a new house in Tannum Sands between 1am and 5am on July 18.

Warde was sentenced to six months jail with a parole release date of May 17, and two three-month jail terms suspended for two years.

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