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Jail system failed my son says mother of Glebow's victim

GRIEVING MOTHER: Helen Gordon says the prison system failed her son Leonard.
GRIEVING MOTHER: Helen Gordon says the prison system failed her son Leonard. Mike Knott BUNANN

A CALLOUS Maryborough inmate jailed until at least 2044 for killing a young Bundaberg man with a chin-up bar says he would do it again.

The two-time murderer Gregory George Glebow, 39, heartlessly accused the prosecutor of making up a sob story for the media when he heard about how his victim's family had suffered since his death.

"The only c*** that knows the reason why he died is me and I'll go to the grave with it," he said.

"You're pulling all this sad ass sh** story and it'll go to the media.

"If I had to, I'd do it again."

Glebow was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum 30-year non-parole period, after he told Brisbane Supreme Court he would "gladly plead guilty" to murdering Leonard Raymond Gordon.

He was already serving a life sentence for murdering Michael Christopher Greer in Brisbane in 2000 and has committed many other violent offences in jail.

Gordon's heartbroken mum, Helen, said she believed the prison system had failed her.

She said she thought her son had been safe at the Maryborough Correctional Centre.

"I want life - as long as he never gets out of jail," she said.

"Leonard doesn't get to come out of his grave and restart his life.

"I just hope every minute he spends in jail is terrible."

It's been an agonising 19 months for Ms Gordon since learning of her son's death just two days before he was meant to be released.

"I've lost my best friend," she said.

"Leonard wasn't a perfect child but he was my son.

"I'm not going to get over this."

Crown prosecutor Ben Power said Gordon was aged 22, slightly build at 65kg, had metal in his back after surgery for spinal scoliosis and was in prison for non-violent offences.

He showed video footage of Glebow going into the exercise yard about 2.40pm on October 9, 2012, and beating Gordon with the metal bar.

 

"The force of that blow drove one of the metal prongs through Leonard Gordon's skull and into his brain," he said.

 

"The murder was callous and apparently motiveless.

"No explanation was provided as to why he did this."

Mr Power said authorities found letters from Gordon's mother and 13-year-old sister when cleaning out his cell showing their deep love for each other.

He said both had written victim impact statements telling of their great suffering since losing him.

Mr Power said Gordon helped his mother - who she was hugged even in front of his friends when it could be embarrassing - with her mental illness and other health issues.

Justice David Boddice said Glebow's outbursts in court further showed his lack of remorse.

He told Glebow he had no rehabilitation prospects and would likely pose a risk to the community for the rest of his life.

"That's exactly right, your honour," Glebow said to each proposition.

"It involved a cold, calculated act of callousness on your part to a young man, unarmed and unaware victim," he said.

"It is clear from your behaviour after you struck him where you showed not a jot of interest in what had happened to him and where he was left to die alone between seats where he had fallen that you have absolutely no remorse".

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