A magistrate has slammed a man who claimed he was going to harm a baby on the Gold Coast.
Ian Jensen sparked a major manhunt after he told a service station worker he had a baby in a bag and intended to drown the child.
At 10.30am on Thursday he walked into a BP petrol station in Labrador and made the horrific claim.
An Amber Alert was issued nationwide and police spent four hours combing the streets from Labrador to Southport looking for any sign of the man.
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After a tipoff from a member of the public, Jensen was found on a street in Southport.
He admitted there was never any baby, and claimed it was meant to be a joke.
He was sentenced two years jail on Friday, but immediately released on probation.
The Magistrate labelled him a pest, describing him as "the definition of public nuisance".