Bully free after his threat

A 22-YEAR-OLD bully, who confronted a teenager at a Bundaberg school then threatened to rape a stranger on the street, has been released from custody.

Ryan Elliott Twist pleaded guilty in Maryborough District Court to common assault, trespass, wilful disturbance and committing indecent acts in public.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said Twist, and his 18-year-old friend, went to Bundaberg North State High School on October 13 to confront a 15-year-old student.

The pair arrived at the school during the lunch break and found the student in the tuckshop area.

Twist became aggressive and threatened to “knife” the teachers and students.

He then said he would come back and “smash the kids to bits.”

Twist and his accomplice were led out of the school by teachers before Twist exposed his bottom towards one of them.

His next victim was a stranger on a nearby street, who was celebrating his 20th birthday.

The young man nodded at Twist as he walked past, but soon wished he hadn’t.

Twist called the man a “fag”, pushed him against a wall and threatened to rape him while rubbing his groin against the man’s bottom.

The victim was forced to the ground and Twist continued to threaten him. The attack ended when another man intervened.

Defence barrister Catherine Morgan said Twist had a violent upbringing and started using drugs and alcohol at a young age.

Judge Julie Ryrie, however, told Twist it was time to get over his difficult childhood.

“Whatever has been meted out to you can’t be used as an excuse for your behaviour,” she said.

“You’re not the first, and you won’t be the last person who has had problems in your early life.

“You’ve got a life ahead of you. If you need help, do something about it.”

Judge Ryrie sentenced Twist to 58 days in jail, which he had already served in pre-sentence custody.

He was placed on 18 months’ probation and must undergo treatment or counselling.



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