Crime siblings sent to prison

By DARRYN NUFER

NOTORIOUS criminal brothers, Rockhampton's Byron and Michael Weldon, were yesterday sentenced to 11 and 6 1/2 years' jail respectively.

The men, aged 20 and 24, with significant histories for property offending, had pleaded guilty in Rockhampton District Court to numerous charges, the most serious being armed robbery in company, and robbery in company with violence.

Byron also pleaded guilty to charges including serious assault, common assault, assault occasioning bodily harm in company, and grievous bodily harm.

The majority of offences took place while the men were on bail and serving suspended jail sentences.

The court was told about an occasion in March last year, when the pair had broken into a Rockhampton retail outlet by forcing a shopping trolley through the glass shopfront, and stealing two Chinese swords.

A short time later they confronted two 16year-old boys who were walking home from a party.

The victims had the double-edged swords pointed at them, one to his left temple, were robbed, and made to lie on the ground while the brothers fled.

In January 2002, the brothers were at a party where they knocked two men unconscious and robbed them.

Byron, in September 2003, left a man with head wounds and nine stitches after an unprovoked attack in the Rockhampton CBD. In April 2004, he punched a man standing on a William Street median strip in the face for no reason, and as he fled, clotheslined another man from behind as he stood outside an East Street eatery.

The second victim's face hit the bitumen footpath, fracturing his jaw in two places, requiring surgery to prevent disfiguration. Judge J.E. Newton recommended Byron be considered for release after serving 4 1/2 years, and Michael after two years and three months.



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