Attacker held knife to victim's throat



RAYMOND Haynes held a knife to his victim's throat during a brutal gang bashing and robbery at a Rockhampton party.

Mr Haynes, 26, was yesterday sentenced in Rockhampton District Court to four years in jail, to be suspended after 18 months, after pleading guilty to three counts of assault and robbery.

Haynes and his two young accomplices, who have since been charged with the murder of three people in Toowoomba, allegedly bashed Johnathan Voss at a party in Murray Street in March last year.

Crown prosecutor Anthony Loudon said Haynes accused Mr Voss of running over his push bike.

He proceeded to attack and rob him of jewellery, a bottle of rum and cigarettes. "Haynes held a serrated butter knife to (Mr Voss') throat and started throwing his head forward, saying 'yea, yea' ... provoking him,'' Mr Loudon said.

"They pushed him to the ground and punched, kicked and kneed him for the next few minutes.

"At one time (Mr Voss) managed to crawl down the hallway. He was picked up and thrown into another room and (again) beaten.

"He found himself alone and made his way to the front door and to the police station.''

Mr Loudon said earlier Haynes was also involved in another assault when the same group attacked Michael Diaz outside the Victoria Tavern.

The group continued punching Mr Diaz as he went inside and only left the premises when the landlord told them he had called the police.

Haynes was on a suspended sentence for a previous assault.

Haynes' defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco said Haynes had had no intention of using the knife, with the robbery an afterthought.



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