Chief magistrate slams Rebel associate for threat

QUEENSLAND'S chief magistrate told an Emerald council worker that using his association with the Rebels bikie gang when threatening to kill a Sunshine Coast woman was sinister and menacing "in the current Queensland climate".

Tim Carmody, who has made headlines for his tough approach to alleged bikies since the Newman Government's controversial laws were passed last month, jailed Brenton David Jones, 28, for four months, suspended the day before Christmas for 18 months.

The penalty was higher than either sentence the Crown and defence had submitted.

Jones, who is a fitter and turner at the Central Highlands Council, was staying at his parents' Buderim home to get treatment for a degenerative back condition when he threatened to smash a neighbour's phone, bomb her house and kill her dog and family.

He told the woman, who was speaking with Jones's mother about a police statement she had made, that no police would be coming near his house because he was a Rebel.

"You butted into something that didn't concern you and were so eager to get involved (your) own mother had to resist (your) attempts to intervene," Mr Carmody said.

"Enlisting the spectre of the Rebels motorcycle gang to underline the gravity of the threats was a particularly sinister and menacing circumstance in the current Queensland climate.

"What the defendant did was clearly calculated to cause maximum fear and anxiety in the victim."

Mr Carmody said the 52-year-old neighbour had trouble sleeping, suffered anxiety and felt unsafe since the incident on Friday afternoon.

"I hate the feeling that someone like this from a motorcycle gang like the Rebels can have such an influence and intimidating feeling on our lives," the woman said in a victim impact statement.

"I should not have to live like this in fear, like a prisoner in my own home, constantly looking over my shoulder and out of the windows in anticipation someone will find us."

Jones has a two-year non-contact order to ensure he stays away from the woman.

The court had heard Jones would stay with his sister at Caloundra so he was not near the woman.

Defence barrister Catherine Cuthbert had earlier told the court Jones admitted he had associated with the Rebels' Emerald chapter but claimed he was not a member.

Jones claimed he was just "hanging around" with them and had since shut down his Facebook page in an effort to stop them contacting him.



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