'This is payback for my sister': Jail for vigilante brother

IT WAS an act fuelled out of brotherly love in defence of his sister.

But Michael Shane Kemp lived to regret his decision to take matters into his own hands when he spent three months behind bars.

He appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today on three charges, entering and damaging a premise, unlawful possession of a dangerous drug and the most serious, unlawful assault on a man.

Police prosecutor sergeant Kathryn Stafford told the court of the defendant's conduct on October 14.

"At around 10.30am the defendant was seen having a verbal argument with the victim outside a store in Berserker," the court heard.

"The victim backed away and entered the back of the store into the employee-only section. He followed, pushing cupboards and filing cabinets over attempting to get near him.

"Shelves were pushed off desks, coffee and cups went everywhere damaging items.

"He said 'this is payback for my sister'.

"He then reached into his bum bag and pulled out a pocket knife. He stepped towards the victim and said 'I am going to kill you'."

After hearing police were on the way, Kemp fled the scene and was arrested a short while away. He had been behind bars ever since.

The court heard Kemp, 19, returned to Rockhampton from Brisbane after his sister was assaulted. His defence lawyer Zoe Craven said he believed he was the perpetrator behind his sister's assault.

"That was the motivation behind it and he now accepts that he can't take matters into his own hands," Ms Craven told the court.

"It was his first time spent in an adult correction facility and it was an eye-opening experience for him."

Magistrate Mark Morrow issued an immediate parole release date.



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