Chris Ison

Serial offender with 'life of crime' granted parole

A BINGE drinker and regular cannabis smoker since the age of 13 who dropped out of school in Year 9 was the start of a life of crime for Ace David Draheim.

Facing Judge Patricia Wolfe in Rockhampton District Court yesterday, the 20-year-old pleaded guilty to six charges including burglary and assault while armed and in company, crimes he committed at the age of 16, while already on probation for other offences.

On February 1 and 2 in 2009 Draheim and his associates went on a crime spree through Mount Morgan, entering premises, violently assaulting people and wilfully damaging property.

A statement of offences was submitted in court, including how one victim was beaten across the head, chest and face with a crowbar by Draheim and his associates.

Judge Wolfe said it was incomprehensible how in another attack he went to the house of a man he knew, who put his hand out to shake in greeting, and Draheim had held him so his accomplices could beat him.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips said there had been six warrants for arrest on Draheim since the 2009 attacks, and he failed to appear in court on five occasions.

Mr Phillips said the only thing in his favour was his pleas of guilty.

Defence lawyer Jordan Ahlstrand said his father died when Draheim was only 15 and the teen then went to live with his mother in Mount Morgan.

Draheim was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for five serious counts, and one month for a lesser charge of wilful damage, to be served concurrently.

Having already serviced 96 days, Draheim was granted immediate parole.



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