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Threat to paramedics: 'I want to kill the next person I see'

"I WANT to kill the next person I see, you're one of them."

Those were the words spoken to paramedics by Maroochydore man Allen Charles Smith, 53, before he was thrown out of an ambulance and went on to wander in and out of traffic at Maroochydore late one February night.

Smith, Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was feeling particularly troubled on February 1, like he was in danger of causing trouble for himself or someone else.

He went to the Maroochydore Police Station about 10.15pm where he told officers he felt unwell. An ambulance was called, and Smith was collected.

But once paramedics began probing Smith on how he was feeling, he said the frightening words.

Magistrate Rod Madsen said Smith's actions would have been distressing for the paramedics who were "just trying to help".

"They would have become concerned about their safety," he said.

Smith was charged with committing public nuisance and Mr Madsen said it looked like Smith, who had a long criminal and traffic history, was "a nuisance in every sense of the word".

He placed Smith on a good behaviour bond for six months.


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