Drug debt leads to axe rampage

A DISPUTE over an unpaid drug debt ended in a tomahawk rampage, the Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

Troy Allen Drews, 31, pleaded guilty to forcible entry and two counts of wilful damage while his cohort Rebecca Lee O'Connor pleaded guilty to common assault and forcible entry.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Drews and O'Connor went to a Bundaberg address on June 17 and demanded entry into a man's home.

“When refused Drews continued to bang on the man's home and demanded entry and money for, what the complainant says was an unpaid drug debt,” Sgt Stevens said.

Sgt Stevens said Drews then punched the front passenger window of a car on the street and the man came out of the home to protest.

“O'Connor then confronted him with a small tomahawk and took a swing at the man,” he said. “O'Connor has chased the man around the car and taken another swing.”

The court was told Drews then took the axe from O'Connor and began to smash the glass panels of the front door of the man's home and other windows on the car. Sgt Stevens said damage to the car totalled $1735.60.

The man then hid in his bedroom and called Triple 0.

Sgt Stevens said after the incident, police spoke with Drews' mother who said Drews and O'Connor had been staying with him and that she had a small tomahawk which had recently gone missing.

Defence lawyer Matt Messenger said both Drews and O'Connor had experienced troubled childhoods and were trying to get on the right track.

“Both people have had an amphetamine addiction which has been bringing them undone and on this occasion it brought them undone,” he said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Drews to six months for each of the wilful damage charges and 12 months for the forcible entry.

He was also ordered to pay the costs of the damages done to the car.

Ms Batts sentenced O'Connor to 12 months in jail for the common assault.

Both were released on parole yesterday after serving 115 days in custody since their arrest in June.



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