Gang bash of man over marijuana

A MAN who demanded drugs from a 69-year-old acquaintance before boarding his yacht with two other people and bashing him, was jailed for three years yesterday.

Daryl Shaun Christie, 32, of Bundaberg approached Philip George Neale’s yacht on September 9 last year and demanded the 69-year-old hand over some marijuana.

The court was told that when Mr Neale refused, Christie boarded the boat with two other men and attacked the 69-year-old.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden said the complainant was knocked unconscious twice during the episode, had his finger dislocated and suffered deep cuts to his head and ear, and bruising and swelling to his upper body.

Judge Leanne Clare described the attack as one of “substantial violence”.

“It was on any account a vicious treatment of an elderly man,” she said.

After the group finished its attack they stole the man’s wallet and drugs.

Christie was charged with robbery in company with violence and the court was told he refused to name his co-offenders.

He was also drunk at the time of the offence and initially did not co-operate with the police investigation.

“You were probably not expecting him to go to police, but he did and he could identify you because he knew you,” Judge Clare said.

Defence counsel Julie Sharp said her client was sorry about his behaviour and tendered a letter to the judge that expressed Christie’s remorse.

She also said her client had a girlfriend and parents who were still an active part of his life and would continue to support him.

Judge Clare said Christie deserved just punishment for what he did.

“And that means a sentence that is sufficient to deter other people from this kind of offending,” she said.

The judge convicted and sentenced Christie, who pleaded guilty, to three years in prison.

Judge Clare set his parole date for September 10.

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