When approaching police he had his hand in his pocket, concealing something the police officers thought was a weapon. While Judge Gibson acknowledged it was Taite's intention to give the officers the impression he had a gun, he was discharged on the two charges of presenting ... as if it were a firearm as he had not at any point actually deployed it.
Judge Gibson agreed there were threats made by Taite.
"Consequently the evidence satisfies me that the defendant did make threats to the officers in the way described, namely statements that he had a gun and threats to kill them."
Wanted thug for all intents presents a weapon at night whilst being warned Mr Plod is armed and continues to advance with menace, so Mr Plod drops him. He complains about being shot and the beak lets him off.
One really wonders why taxpayers continue to fund the true criminals that are resident in the fancy seat on the other side of the bench.