Giovanni Mello, 81, is facing court charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle after crashing into two picket fences in Maryborough in one day. Mr Mello almost got thrown in jail when he insulted a magistrate.
Giovanni Mello, 81, is facing court charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle after crashing into two picket fences in Maryborough in one day. Mr Mello almost got thrown in jail when he insulted a magistrate. Kristy Martin

Magistrate threatened: 'I'll get you one day'

AN EDLERLY man who threatened a magistrate and called him a "lying bastard" will have to be on his best behaviour at his next court appearance or risk jail.

Facing court on dangerous driving charges, 81-year-old Giovanni Mello's outburst came after Maryborough Magistrate John Smith demanded to know why Mello had failed to show up on his last court date.

His Logan-based lawyer, Rod Mugford, said Mello didn't realise he had court that day, which Mr Smith deemed "a load of rubbish".

Mr Smith said he would get the police constable who served Mello the notice to appear in court on the stand to give evidence.

The case was adjourned and it was then that Mello uttered his threat to Mr Smith.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Elder told the court Mello's words were: "I'll get you one day, you lying bastard".

Understandably, Mr Smith didn't take too kindly to the slur.

"Don't call me a bastard," he said, outraged. "If you are going to call me a bastard you can go out this door, not that one."

The magistrate motioned to the door behind the dock, where defendants who were remanded in custody were led before being taken to the prison.

Mello is accused of dangerous driving after allegedly crashing his Nissan sedan through a fence on Lennox St about 11.30am on September 19. Police say he took the plates off, attached them to a different car and drove through a fence on Churchill St about 3.30pm.

Sgt Elder said Mello should be kept in custody because of his "blatant disregard" for the safety of the community.

Mr Mugford said Mello would no longer be driving, as he had a friend to take him around.

After hearing evidence from the constable who served the court notice on Mello, Mr Smith accepted that the driver did receive the notice at the first crash. He allowed Mello to remain on bail, but warned if he committed any further offences he would go to jail.

Mello will reappear in court on November 19.



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