Man jailed after roof-top antics ended in arrest

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POLICE negotiators spent two hours talking down a man who climbed a roof of a Gatton house and doused himself in petrol.

The stand-off began when the shirtless 47-year-old man was spotted on a Buaraba St house roof acting in a violent and threatening manner just before 5pm on Wednesday.

Gatton Police officer-in-charge Tom Missingham said the man had a 20 litre container of flammable liquid and was threatening to set the house and himself on fire.

Firefighters, paramedics and three police crews including two negotiators from Toowoomba were at the scene of the incident.

The man exposed his genitals to police during the negotiations.

Senior Sergeant Missingham said the man was under the influence of alcohol.

"Negotiations were undertaken over a period of two hours and eventually the male person jumped from the roof and was taken into custody by police about 7.30pm," he said.

He was arrested and charged with committing a public nuisance offence, wilful exposure and breaching a court order.

The man appeared in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to the charges.

He was jailed for six months and will be eligible for parole in February.

Topics:  negotiation public nuisance threats toowoomba magistrates court

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