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Two-day crime spree on drug cocktail ends with carjacking

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IT'S one of those horrific situations we all dread.

A Blackwater mine chef thought he was being a good Samaritan when he picked up a couple of hitchhikers wandering along the side of the road.

But as he pulled up to drop the two men off his head was pulled back and a shank was pushed against his throat.

Minutes later, the 37-year-old watched as his yellow Ford Falcon XR6 sped off into the darkness.

The carjacking was to be the end of Brenton James Nowlan and his co-offender's two-day crime spree, which began in Mount Gravatt.

On Friday, the weight of the law came crashing down on Nowlan who pleaded guilty to 10 charges, including unlawful use of a motor vehicle and robbery whilst armed, in the Rockhampton District Court.

The 28-year-old has spent the last 16 months behind bars awaiting his sentence.

Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge said the two mates somehow came to possess a stolen car, worth $75,000, in Brisbane.

Messed up on a cocktail of heroin and speed, they made their way up north on April 29 last year.

After fuelling up near Mackay, the pair caught the eye of police when they sped through a stretch of road works at Moranbah. Ms Hedge said they narrowly missed other vehicles and a road traffic controller.

The men failed to stop for police, who later found the car abandoned in Dysart.

The court heard the chef saw the offenders walking with a dog as he headed home from the Rosewood camp.

When Nolan and his co-offender dumped the chef near the Yarrabee Mine haul road, they headed down the Capricorn Hwy, sparking an eight-hour man hunt.

The vehicle was found crashed into a tree at the Baralaba Rd turn-off about 7.30pm.

The two offenders fled on foot, but were eventually tracked down by police.

Ms Hedge said the Falcon was completely written off.

She said the victim had suffered a significant psychological impact as a result of the attack.

"There is now a lack of trust in strangers," she said.

Defence barrister Ross LoMonaco said Nowlan couldn't remember much about the offending, but accepted his responsibility.

He said his client was kicked out of home when he was just 14, turning to cannabis when he was 15.

The court heard Nowlan has a one-year-old son. Mr LoMonaco said he hoped to gain custody of his child when he gets out of jail.

Judge Paul Smith took into consideration the time Nowlan had already served.

He sentenced him to five years jail, eligible for parole on December 30.

Nowlan was also disqualified from driving for two and a half years.

His co-offender is yet to enter a plea.

Topics:  capricorn highway carjacking drugs rockhampton district court



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