Nine shocking Southwest Queensland crimes of 2020
This year has been rough for all of us, but Southwest Queensland’s criminals have made it even harder for the individuals and communities that fall victim to their misbehaviour.
Here is a list of nine of the most shocking crimes that took place from Roma to Quilpie and everywhere in between:
A Charleville police officer had a shard of glass penetrate her eye after two brothers had a violent episode with police after a nasty late-night dispute.
Half-brothers Bryan Patrick Hallinan, 22, and Josiah John Russell, 25, faced the Charleville Magistrates Court on December 8 on a slew of charges from the incident, and pleaded guilty to all of them.
Hallinan appeared via videolink from the watch-house, with a plastered right hand, and was smiling and giggling at times during the proceedings.
He faced 13 charges including three counts of seriously assaulting police officers, affray, and two counts of wilful damage.
Russell attended court in person, dressed in a suit and tie, to face seven charges, including three counts of seriously assaulting police officers whilst adversely affected.
Both men pleaded guilty and were slapped with four-figure compensation sums and well over 100 hours of community service.
All convictions for both defendants were recorded.
A Mitchell man was sentenced for supplying methamphetamine to his girlfriend who was admitted to hospital after having a bad reaction to the drug.
Rex Edward Rowe, 41 fronted the Roma District Court charged with one count of supplying a dangerous drug, methamphetamine.
The offence came to light when Rowe’s partner reacted to the drug and was hospitalised.
While at the hospital, Rowe told police he squirted 5ml of methamphetamine into her mouth after she kept badgering him to try it. He later told police she squirted the drug into her own mouth.
Rowe pleaded guilty to the offence and was given a 12-month probation order and the conviction was recorded.
He must also complete drug rehabilitation programs directed by a probation officer.
A southwest child sex predator who repeatedly had sexual intercourse with his partner’s 14-year-old daughter under the guise of “education” became the prey when he spent time in prison awaiting to face his charges, a Roma court has heard.
The Roma District Court heard on Monday, November 30, a Quilpie man aged in his thirties, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, engaged in a sexual relationship with his partner’s daughter, who was 14-years-of-age and turned 15 during the three-and-a-half-month unlawful stint.
The defendant was sentenced to four years imprisonment, suspended after 370 days, which he had already served.
The defendant was free to go back into the community and must not commit another offence within four years.
Convictions are automatically recorded when offenders are sentenced to imprisonment.
James Fergus Victor Brown struggled to hold back tears as he was sentenced for his ’shocking’ and ‘physically painful’ assault on his little nephew which left him with a deviated septum.
The 34-year-old pleaded guilty in the Charleville District Court on October 7 to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, as domestic violence offences.
Brown came to court on October 7 for assaulting his younger nephew, who was 20 at the time of the offence.
Brown sobbed as Judge Catherine Muir sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment with eligibility for immediate parole.
His conviction was automatically recorded.
A cowardice southwest father couldn’t bear to look at his own daughter as she defiantly read aloud to a Roma courtroom the trauma he subjected to over four years.
A Charleville father, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, has been sentenced to a decade-long prison term, after the Roma District Court heard the horrific sex acts he committed against his own daughter over four years.
His deplorable acts were committed against his daughter from when she was the age of 11 to 16-years-of age, as detailed when he appeared in the dock on Monday, November 30 for sentence.
The court heard the daughter was forced to perform sexual acts on a very-regular basis, was called a “slut” and “mole” and was whipped and beaten in the shower with a homemade back scratcher.
The conviction was automatically recorded as the offender was sentenced to imprisonment.
A mother-of-three with a “poor history of dishonesty” has been told by the magistrate that she has narrowly avoided jail time.
Keisha May Hearn fronted Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to five charges including fraud, possessing dangerous drugs and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that in early September, a friend of Hearn’s had attended her house and accidentally left her drivers licence behind.
The court heard that on September 4 Hearn had taken the person’s drivers licence on a trip to Brisbane with her friends.
Hearn was fined $600 and was sentenced to report to a correctional services officer for the next 18 months. Convictions were recorded.
A “wannabe gangster” who threatened to kill his grandmother has been ordered to spend more time in prison.
John Paul Sullivan fronted Roma Magistrates Court on Tuesday via video link having already spent 20 days in custody, facing seven charges including using a carriage service to make a threat to kill, breaching bail and unlawful possession of weapons.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that between January 17 - February 10, Sullivan received tainted property from an individual, namely a firearm which he posed with in a photo he posted on social media platform.
The court heard on January 27, Sullivan used a carrier service and threatened to kill his grandmother if she went to police about his offences.
Magistrate Saggers sentenced Sutherland to one month imprisonment for the two counts of breaching bail, six months for the receiving firearm, one month for the unlawful possession, one month for receiving tainted property and three months for the common assault, with the sentences to be served concurrently.
For using a carriage service to make a threat to kill, Sullivan was sentenced to six months imprisonment, hence, the conviction was automatically recorded.
Dousing himself in petrol, wielding a hunting knife and threatening to set himself and his co-workers alight isn’t the best way to deal with work stress, a Charleville court has head.
Reece Smith, 20, appeared in Charleville Magistrates Court on Monday, January 20, and pleaded guilty to a charge of public nuisance, and one charge of threatening violence.
The court heard police were called to the Mungallala Hotel on September 9 after reports were made about a disturbance.
Witnesses told police that prior to their arrival, Smith had consumed a large amount of alcohol and attempted to fight various other punters at the scene.
Magistrate Peter Saggers sentenced him to seven months imprisonment, with immediate parole.
A conviction was automatically recorded.
When a Roma man found out his work colleague was dating another man, he decided to take things into his own hands and was ultimately sentenced to three months imprisonment for engaging in ‘revenge porn’.
Adam Robert Day, 30, appeared in the Roma District Court on August 20 charged with six offences – one count of dealing identification information, three counts of distributing intimate images, one count of extortion and one count of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.
The judge sentenced Day to 18-months imprisonment with a parole release date of November 25, 2020.
He pleaded guilty and his conviction was automatically recorded.