These parents have all fronted Mackay courts on a variety of charges.
These parents have all fronted Mackay courts on a variety of charges.

The appalling things 23 parents did to wind up in court

These are 23 parents sentenced in Mackay courts in 2020.

 

PAGET SHOOTING: Iced-up gunman's violent robbery

An iced-up gunman shot a former jail mate during a violent daylight robbery over a car he took on a dangerous joy ride from Paget to West Mackay.

After an 11th hour guilty plea, Jayden Nicholas Finney was jailed for 5.5 years, but can apply for his freedom in eight months.

The then-teen father pulled a sawn-off shotgun on Jeremy May, who he had been in jail with and who was also his mother's friend, while the pair were using drugs at a secluded spot on Connors Rd on September 17, 2018.

Jayden Nicholas Finney pleaded guilty to armed robbery with violence after shooting a man at Paget in September 2017.
Jayden Nicholas Finney pleaded guilty to armed robbery with violence after shooting a man at Paget in September 2017.

Finney told Mr May he wanted the car, which had been filled with the victim's possessions as he was about to leave Mackay.

"There was a struggle for the gun and … the gun discharged," Judge Deborah Richards said.

The bullet passed through Mr May's thigh causing minimal physical damage.

He pleaded guilty to charges including robbery with violence, dangerous driving and other offences and was jailed for five-and-a-half years cumulative on another sentence.

He will be eligible for parole in March 2021.

FULL STORY HERE

 

 

Father jailed for fatal explosion that decapitated son

A heartbroken mother screamed "I hate you" at her former partner, the man who caused a horrific explosion that decapitated their son.

Timothy Ian McIntyre was trying to set fire to a former lover's belongings stored inside a shipping container at North Mackay, out of revenge following a break-up, when the fatal blast occurred.

Thomas Macka McIntyre was killed on April 2, 2019 in a fatal explosion at North Mackay.
Thomas Macka McIntyre was killed on April 2, 2019 in a fatal explosion at North Mackay.

Then 50, he had enlisted the help of his 30-year-old son Thomas 'Macka' McIntyre in April last year, oblivious to the catastrophic consequences about to unfold.

"There was, it seems, a chemical combustion explosion, the blast pressure distorted the walls of the container," Crown Prosecutor Lara Soldi said.

"Very regrettably one of the container doors flung violently, it effectively decapitated (Macka)."

The dad pleaded guilty to arson and was jailed for four years.

FULL STORY HERE

 

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Mother uses knife in domestic violence attack

A mother of three threatened her husband with a sharp knife, forcing him to pick up a chair for protection.

She then lied to police, claiming he attacked her first.

But CCTV footage revealed the 36 year old started the argument, which began in the Mackay CBD and exploded after the couple returned home and she armed herself with the knife.

Mackay Magistrates Court heard she had confronted the man about cheating on her.

At their Mackay home, faced with the armed woman, the man threw a chair at her to defend himself. She threw the weapon at him and then chased him down the street.

The woman, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to an aggravated breach of a domestic violence order and breaching bail twice.
She was jailed for four months with immediate parole. Convictions were recorded.

FULL STORY HERE

 

 

How 'grubby' thief used trolley to steal from charity

A "grub" stole from a Mackay charity just months after he himself used the service - and now he must now give back to the community to make up for a crime labelled as "pure greed".

The 52 year old father and grandfather had been homeless and in need when St Vincent de Paul Mackay gave him shelter at a property the organisation owned in East Mackay.

Father of three Scott Howard leaves Mackay courthouse after pleading guilty to breaking into a house owned by St Vincent de Paul Mackay and stealing whitegoods.
Father of three Scott Howard leaves Mackay courthouse after pleading guilty to breaking into a house owned by St Vincent de Paul Mackay and stealing whitegoods.

After later securing stable accommodation, Scott Howard broke into the Keats St house and carted away a microwave and a washing machine in a stolen shopping trolley, which he later returned to the supermarket.

"It's a pretty grubby act … it's as grubby as it comes," Magistrate Damien Dwyer said as he ordered Howard to perform 120 hours of unpaid community service.

Howard pleaded guilty to aggravated break and enter. A conviction was not recorded.

FULL STORY HERE

 

 

Young mum breaks down as drug history sends her to jail

A Mackay mother has had to face the harsh reality of her ongoing drug offending after she was ordered to spend the next two months behind bars.

Kristy Rae Crutcher broke down when she found out she had used up all her chances.

Mother of two Kristy Rae Crutcher has been jailed for continued drug offending. Mackay Magistrates Court heard she had 16 drug-related convictions on her criminal history.
Mother of two Kristy Rae Crutcher has been jailed for continued drug offending. Mackay Magistrates Court heard she had 16 drug-related convictions on her criminal history.

In fact, the mother of two was on an intensive correction order - which is a jail term allowing an offender to stay in the community - when she was busted, twice, with methylamphetamines.

"The court is here to help you rehabilitate … but at the end of the day the court is also here to punish you," Magistrate Bronwyn Hartigan told the 29 year old.

She pleaded guilty to possessing small amounts of ice, ecstasy and marijuana.

FULL STORY HERE

 

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Ice trafficking father 'corrupted' teen girlfriend

A street-level drug pusher "corrupted" his teen girlfriend as he ran a lucrative and busy ice trafficking business in Central Queensland.

Now 43, he sourced drugs from 23 suppliers and was supporting at least 37 customers in their addiction to either methylamphetamine or marijuana.

When the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, could not get a job he began peddling drugs as a means of supporting his children, himself and his own habit.

As a result he became the target of a police operation to stamp out drug supply.

Crown prosecutor Sandra Cupina labelled it a "robust" drug trafficking business that ran between May 8 and December 1 in 2018 in an area west of Mackay.

The man pleaded guilty to trafficking, aggravated drug possession and possessing drugs. He was jailed for five and a half years with parole eligibility on July 31 last year because of time already served.

FULL STORY HERE

 

 

LSD in the freezer: Children mistake drugs for ice cubes

A mother of two has been blasted as a "stupid" and "negligent" parent after she stashed acid cubes in her freezer that her young children ultimately found and consumed.

The 31 year old noticed her children, both aged under 10, acting strangely, realised they had ingested the hallucinogenic drugs and immediately phoned paramedics.

She stood weeping at the bar table as Magistrate James Morton slammed her conduct, saying she put her children's safety "on the line".

Mackay Magistrates Court heard she had obtained the drugs in December for a music festival and later brought the leftovers back to Mackay to store for a later date.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to negligence causing harm to her children. She was placed on 12 months' probation. A conviction was not recorded.

FULL STORY HERE

 

 

Disgruntled worker's 'malicious' rampage against boss

A disgruntled worker went on a "malicious" rampage that cost his former Paget employer $55,000 in profits after claiming he was strongarmed into resigning.

While in a "drug haze", the 46-year-old Mackay father also dangerously drove with open gas bottles in the back of his car and a lighter in his hand, forcing other motorists off the road to avoid a potentially fatal head-on crash.

But Jason Trevor Franklin said he could not recall his crime spree.

Jason Trevor Franklin leaves court.
Jason Trevor Franklin leaves court.

Franklin pleaded guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court heard to 12 offences including dangerous driving while adversely affected, wilful damage, break and enter and fraud.

He was jailed for 12 months and given immediate parole to reflect his lack of criminal history and early pleas. He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to pay $7420.50 restitution.

FULL STORY HERE

 

He put a knee to her throat: Dad's 'cruel' DV attack

A convicted Mackay woman basher "cruelly" choked his partner by putting his knee to her throat before threatening to kill her.

Corey James Ward blames his shocking acts of domestic violence on drug use and opposes seeking professional help to address any issues, Mackay District Court heard.

"But if you don't get treatment it's just going to happen again and again," Judge Deborah Richards bluntly told him when she jailed the 39 year old father for three years for attacking his partner.

The pair were "coming down" from ice and had recently gone through family trauma when, on February 25 last year, Ward choked the victim twice.

When she told him she could not breath, the then-38 year old said he "would in fact kill her".

She managed to free herself by biting his arm.

Ward pleaded guilty to choking and common assault against the mother of his child. He was eligible for parole on December 15, 2020.

FULL STORY HERE

 

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No jail time for man who whipped 8-year-old twins

A quasi-stepfather whipped his partner's eight-year-old twins with a belt using such force they suffered significant bruising in what has been labelled a "weaponised assault".

Mackay District Court heard the man, in his 30s, had reached the "end of his tether" by their unruly behaviour and just "lost control".

His actions resulted in charges for armed assault.

"He readily accepts that he took it too far … he didn't mean to hit so hard as to cause bruises," barrister Scott McLennan said.

At the time the couple had been living in a one-bedroom cottage with the twins and his partner's other children just north of Mackay.

The man pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm while armed and was jailed for six months with immediate parole release. Convictions were recorded.

FULL STORY HERE

 

Mackay police located a large-scale bush marijuana crop in the mountains of Calen.
Mackay police located a large-scale bush marijuana crop in the mountains of Calen.

Father claims he was roped into a $20m pot crop at Calen

Using a canoe and electric bikes, a father and son would creep - in their minds undetected - to their $20 million drop crop and tend to the plants.

Little did Howard Kerry Lindsay and Anthony Howard Lindsay know, they were the targets of a six-month police operation.

A 72-year-old grandfather, father and four-time convicted drug grower, Howard Lindsay told police his son effectively "roped" him into the venture.

"I didn't really want to get involved but then again he's my son," Mackay District Court heard Lindsay told his lawyer.

Howard Kerry Lindsay
Howard Kerry Lindsay

Between November 2018 and May 2019 Lindsay Sr and two of his kids sold 29 pounds and one ounce for $72,500 and Lindsay Sr offered to supply another 49 pounds, which would have returned $124,000 in profit had the sale gone through. He was on parole at the time.

He pleaded guilty to trafficking and producing dangerous drugs and possessing growing equipment. He was jailed for four years cumulative to an 8.5 year sentence.

FULL STORY HERE

 

 

Mackay father's disgraceful DV rant from prison

Jail did not stop a Mackay father of two from repeatedly breaching a domestic violence order by ringing his partner from the correctional centre and calling her a "fat sl*t" and a "dog c**t".

Magistrate Damien Dwyer called the 27 year old a disgrace and said the abuse "just rolls off the tongue like it's asking for a drink of water".

Leo Mark James Tomarra breached the domestic violence order 28 times since December last year with the majority occurring while he was in custody this year.

Tomarra also pleaded guilty to a string of other offences including evading police, disqualified driving, breaching bail and wilful damage - domestic violence, which involved smashing up his partner's car with a shovel in December last year.

He was jailed for 12 months with immediate parole after time already served and disqualified from driving for five years. Convictions were recorded.

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Baby to join ice trafficking mother in jail

A breastfeeding mother will spend at least 18 months in jail for her role in a high-level trafficking ring peddling ice in Bowen.

And her 12-month-old son will soon join her behind bars once arrangements are made with Queensland Corrective Services.

Melissa Jane McLean was pregnant when she trafficked ice - allegedly for the father of her then unborn child who was a principle mark in a police operation targeting methylamphetamines in the Whitsundays.

McLean pleaded guilty to charges including trafficking methylamphetamines between December 1, 2018 and January 16, 2019 at Bowen, and aggravated ice possession and possessing cash from drug sales at Sarina.

She was jailed for five years with parole eligibility on December 10, 2021.

FULL STORY HERE

 

 

Young mum jailed for savage attack on paramedic

A young Mount Pleasant mother pinned a paramedic to a chair with her foot before unleashing a barrage of savage kicks to her groin and thighs.

A Queensland Ambulance Service crew was called to the Dingo Beach hotel where the 24 year old was acting out after taking a cocktail of drugs.

Jessica Elizabeth Mecner-Murray had ingested ice and LSD on July 12 last year and was so violent, police were also called to help paramedics.

When officers arrived Mecner-Murray was calm and resting in the back of the ambulance - but on the way to the hospital her behaviour spiralled as the paramedic was asking questions.

She pleaded guilty to serious assault of a public officer, assault police, possessing used drug item an other offences.

Mecner-Murray was jailed for three months, wholly suspended, placed on 12 months probation and handed a four-month good behaviour bond. Convictions were recorded.

FULL STORY HERE

 

Dean Michael Matthews received a three-year jail sentence for running a small-scale drug trafficking business. Picture: Facebook
Dean Michael Matthews received a three-year jail sentence for running a small-scale drug trafficking business. Picture: Facebook

How boilermaker's back injury sent him on a downward spiral

One back injury. Thirteen years of pain. Seven customers. Ten drug exchanges. Three years jail.

Dean Mitchell Matthews, 38, will only have to serve four months of that term behind bars after this week receiving a "very lenient" sentence in Mackay Supreme Court.

But he will be released on parole and required to abide by strict conditions under supervision for the remainder of the jail term.

Standing in the prisoner's dock awaiting sentence, he occasionally turned his head to cast his hollowed eyes upon his weeping wife and three children behind him.
They had stood by him, the court had heard.

But his wife had to step in and cut him off from the family finances when his addiction to illicit drugs took over.

Matthews turned to drug trafficking to fund his own habit when painkillers no longer masked the lingering pain from his lower back injury.

He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, supplying dangerous drugs and other drug-related offences.

FULL STORY HERE

 

Mum of four ignores disqualification to get kids to school

A mother of four accused police of picking on her when they caught her driving while disqualified to drop off her kids at school.

It was the third time Cathryn Louise Togo, 36, had been before the court for disqualified driving.

Mackay Magistrates Court heard she was caught driving on September 1 at Andergrove with two children and two teenagers in the car.

Cathryn Louise Togo was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for eight months after a learner driver acted as her designated driver.
Cathryn Louise Togo was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for eight months after a learner driver acted as her designated driver.

 

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said Togo did not have the right to blow 0.139 per cent earlier this year and put other lives at risk, then say "you can stick it, I've got to get my kids to school" when disqualified.

She was fined $1750 and disqualified for another three years, to begin when her other disqualification ends.

FULL STORY HERE

 

Wicked stepmother forces child to sleep in filthy room

A little girl is forced to sleep in filthy sheets on a small mattress in a dirty room under the stairs, surrounded by animal faeces.

Her step siblings had a room, proper beds, clothing and toys in a five-bedroom house in the Mackay region.

But this girl had just a mattress on a concrete floor in a basement room with painted concrete walls.

Under the care of her stepmother, the child, aged eight to 10, was often sent to school dirty, wearing old pyjamas and with just slices of bread in her lunch box.

Mackay District Court heard her little body was malnourished and thin, with her collar bone sharply poking from her skin.

The facts sound like something out of a twisted, disturbing fairytale.

She pleaded guilty to child cruelty, strangulation and assault with a weapon and was jailed for three and a half years. She will be able to apply for parole on August 23, 2021.

FULL STORY HERE

 

 

Father of seven behind horror animal negligence case

A father of seven left his severely injured and pregnant dog crammed in a small cage - her rotting wound was wrapped with a dirty cloth covered in flies and maggots.

In a cage next to her were two other dogs shoved in the small space only designed for one.

The two enclosures, in South Mackay, were filled with faeces and urine.

Ziggy was found in a small filthy cage with a serious injury to her back leg, which was left untreated and had to be amputated.
Ziggy was found in a small filthy cage with a serious injury to her back leg, which was left untreated and had to be amputated.

A magistrate has slammed Edward Charles Fewquandie for his "miserable" failings as a dog owner and banned the unemployed father from owning any animal for three years.

"You failed dismally … these dogs would have been in sheer misery," Magistrate James Morton said.

"One had to have its leg cut off."
Fewquandie pleaded guilty to three counts of animal negligence and other charges.

He was fined $2000, ordered to pay RSPCA costs totalling $2925.15 and was banned from owning and animal for three years.

FULL STORY HERE

Edward Charles Fewquandie pleaded guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to animal negligence. He has been banned from owning an animal for three years.
Edward Charles Fewquandie pleaded guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to animal negligence. He has been banned from owning an animal for three years.

 

'He threatened to pour acid on her face, slit her throat'

A Mackay father of three made vile threats to assault, rape and kill his partner of nine years through a barrage of depraved text messages.

The now 41 year old threatened to "break her ribs, break her fingers one at a time, cut her mouth open, hang her tongue through her neck".

Mackay District Court heard the disgusting behaviour occurred between June and August 2018.

Sometimes he would only contact her once - other days it was numerous times.

The court heard on one day he messaged her 188 times.

In summing up the despicable content of the text messages, Crown prosecutor Steph Gallagher said, "he threatened to assault her, to rape her, to kill her.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to nine counts of breaching a domestic violence order. For that he was jailed for 18 months with parole release in October last year.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to take an oath when summonsed to give evidence before the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, was jailed for 12 months, which will begin on October 2 this year. He will then be released after three months on a two-year good behaviour bond. Convictions were recorded.

FULL STORY HERE

 

 

Driver told he 'could have killed so many people'

A drunk and dangerous driver will spend nine months on parole after he deliberately smashed into a stranger's Andergrove home while more than four times the limit.

Magistrate Bronwyn Hartigan slammed Philip Andrew Lyon for his "appalling" decision.

"He could have killed so many people," she said.

It was about 7.15pm on April 13 this year when the father of two crashed into the front room of a home on Van Eldik Ave.

Mackay Magistrates Court heard Lyon had polished off a bottle of rum and was driving to see his kids in an effort to calm down when he saw a brick wall.

Prosecutor Harry Coburn told the court Lyon later said he had not wanted to hurt anyone else "and the only way he could explain the action is that in movies when a car hits a brick wall it gets crushed and the person dies and that is what he wanted".

His blood alcohol reading was 0.215 per cent.

He was jailed for nine months with immediate parole and disqualified from driving for 12 months. A conviction was recorded.

FULL STORY HERE

 

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Little girl witnesses horror choking attack on mother

A little girl cried as she desperately tried to pull her father's hands off her mother's throat during a horrific domestic violence attack.

The victim thought she was going to die when her partner of 17 years and husband for six choked her twice in front of her young daughter.

It was January 1, 2020 at a small Central Queensland town when the man provoked an argument, accusing his wife of cheating after she said planned to go shopping.

He kept pushing the allegations despite her protesting they were untrue and when she took her child, aged under three years, into the shower he followed and punched her in the mouth.

"The child began screaming," Crown prosecutor Ben Jackson said.

Mackay District Court heard he left but returned minutes later and "grabbed her around the throat with both his hands and squeezed her neck".

He pleaded guilty to four charges including choking, assault causing bodily harm and common assault and was jailed for two and a half years with parole release on April 12, 2020.

FULL STORY HERE

 

 

Spiritual healer avoids jail after spitting at fireman

A drunk mother who spat in the face of a Mackay firefighter trying to help has since done her masters in Reiki.

Catherine Michelle Parkes avoided spending any time in jail when she pleaded guilty to serious assault in public while affected, which has a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.

Catherine Michelle Parkes pleaded guilty to serious assault after spitting in the face of a Mackay fire officer.
Catherine Michelle Parkes pleaded guilty to serious assault after spitting in the face of a Mackay fire officer.

Mackay District Court heard firefighters had been called to a park near the corner of Illawong Dr and Petrie St where a small fire had been lit.

The incident was caught on police body cam footage. The officer had to undergo disease testing, resulting in a nervous wait - the incident also impacted his work.

Parkes was jailed for nine months, wholly suspended, and must complete 40 hours mandatory community service.

FULL STORY HERE

 

 

Father's 'terrifying' conduct to terrorise former partner

A mother lies sleeping in her bed completely unaware her former partner has crept into her home and is standing in the shadows by her bedside table watching.

He hasn't been allowed inside the Blacks Beach house since late 2019 - but he kept a key, which he used to let himself in on September 13 this year in the early hours.

His intent - to "terrorise" the mother of his child.

When Kurt Kristof Dietze slipped into the home about 1am, everyone in the house was asleep - that included the victim, her mother and three young children.

Mackay Magistrates Court heard while at the home he pocketed a phone and car keys, which he took to the victim's sister's house and placed them in the letter box.

"I find that … extremely disturbing and serious," Ms Hartigan said.

"It can only be described as an act of psychological abuse on your part and wishing to instil in the complainant extreme fear that you had the ability to get into her house when she didn't want you to be there.

Dietze, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, as well as stalking. He was jailed for 18 months with immediate parole.

FULL STORY HERE

 

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