By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)
A seemingly harmless party trick saw a man appear in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court on Friday 1 March before Magistrate Gregory Robinson.
28-year-old Michael Peters had friends over for drinks on May 26 of last year when he allegedly decided to blow the dust off a homemade weapon his lawyer said, “was in his shed for years”.
Prosecutor Sergeant Aimee Heal told the court the accused shot an ‘orange cannon’ at an unknown male walking his dog in the Underbank estate near Hallett’s Way.
It was alleged by the prosecution that the man walking his dog was an off-duty police officer and that he heard a male voice shout that he “[wasn’t] meant to have [his] dog down there”.
The court heard after hearing the shouting, the off-duty police officer heard two shots fired, later noticing a potato on the path close to him.
Police were contacted and the accused was interviewed; Peters admitted to owning the cannon but refused to answer any other questions.
“This is not the best person to be shooting an orange cannon at,” Magistrate Robinson said with slight humour.
“In a way Mr Gordon [the accused’s lawyer], I don’t think it sounds all that serious but if a potato hits you from 300-metres away it could do some damage,” he said,
Peters was placed on a 12-month adjourned undertaking and was ordered to make a $1000 donation to the CFA.
An orange cannon is commonly known or also known as a ‘spud gun’.