Special emergency response team act at a siege situation at Caboolture.
Special emergency response team act at a siege situation at Caboolture. Contributed

Morayfield man faces court over Caboolture siege

UPDATE: Philip Paul Colegate has appeared in Caboolture Magistrates Court on 18 charges stemming from yesterday's siege in Caboolture.

Colegate was in court this morning before Magistrate Peter Hasted on charges including possession of a shortened firearm and three counts of assault, threatening violence.

The 37-year-old Morayfield man, represented by Mr D R Gates of Bell Miller Solicitors, did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.

He is required to reappear in Caboolture Magistrates Court on September 5.

Mr Colegate's full list of charges were:

•             Assault threatening violence x 3

•             Contravention of a domestic violence order x 2

•             Assault occasioning bodily harm while armed in company x 2

•             Discharging a firearm or other act x 2

•             Deprivation of liberty x 2

•             Dangerous conduct with weapons x 2

•             Unlawful possession of weapons

•             Possession of a shortened firearm

•             Armed in company

•             Authority required to possess explosives

•             Entering a dwelling with intent at night.

EARLIER: A mother has been reunited with her young child following a five-hour siege involving an armed man in north Caboolture.

Police blocked off a large several streets and prevented residents from returning to their homes as they attempted to negotiate with a man holed up in a Larkin Ct house with the child.

Neighbours reported shots fired mid-morning yesterday and a police spokeswoman said the mother suffered minor head and facial injuries but was not shot.

Police cordoned off a large area and sent in the Special Emergency Response Team and negotiators to resolve the situation.

Residents gathered on the outskirts of the cordon throughout the day, either waiting to return to their homes or eager to see what was going on.

Mother-of-three Carly Green said she was asked to leave her home less than 50m from the incident at about noon along with her one- and two-year-old daughters.

"A police officer jumped the fence to escort us out," she said.

"It was a bit scary. I thought, OK, this must be serious."

Police eventually arrested a 37-year-old man shortly after 3pm and returned the child to the mother.

Police charged the Morayfield man with two counts each of assault occasioning bodily harm, deprivation of liberty, threatening violence, discharge of a firearm and dangerous conduct with a weapon and one count each of unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of explosives and possession of a shortened firearm.

He is due to appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court today.

Siege at Larkin Crt
Siege at Larkin Crt

"Any time we are able to successfully and peacefully end a siege it's a great relief for all the people involved and certainly the community knowing that we're here to end things as quickly as we can," District Officer Moreton Police District Superintendent Michael Brady said.

"I was only able to see the mother when the child was returned to her and you could just tell that she had relief all over her face so that was a good outcome.

It's the second siege in Caboolture this month, following an incident on June 9, which also ended peacefully.

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