'I'm a warrior': Vigilante saves town from firework attacks
A VIGILANTE who claimed he was defending a town from firework attacks when he assaulted a man has said he's been persecuted his whole life for sticking up for people.
Callum James Dunlop faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court for going armed as to cause fear, possession of a knife in a public place and possession of restricted drugs, to which he pleaded guilty.
The court heard witnesses called police after Dunlop was seen fighting a man outside the post office on Lowe St, Nambour, while armed with a 1.5m steel bar.
Dunlop was then seen to run to the nearby train station, tear off his shirt and yell, "I am a warrior" before police arrived on scene.
During a search, police found a small knife and prescription medication in his bag.
Dunlop also showed police the steel bar he was seen with and admitted to hitting the man to the body, but not his head.
While in the watchhouse, Dunlop told officers once he got out he would find another weapon and assault the man again and that the next complaint against him would come from intensive care.
Dunlop - who has previous convictions for going armed - told Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist the man he fought had been "running around throwing explosive devices in people's houses".
"(He) tried to shoot me on a previous night with explosives.
"Why should I show remorse for someone who's been throwing fireworks through people's front doors."
When Mr Stjernqvist told Dunlop he shouldn't try to do the job of police, he replied "they don't listen to me".
"They make me out like I'm a monster then let the monster go because they're probably informants," he said.
Dunlop went onto claim he had previously been arrested for being assaulted by three men and his previous going armed charge resulted from him "sticking up" for a woman who got assaulted in Bundaberg.
"This has happened to me all my life," he said.
Mr Stjernqvist ordered Dunlop to a head sentence of nine months' imprisonment and fined him $300.
He will be eligible for parole on February 11.