Three years’ jail for drive-by shooter
BRANDON Peter Hassan was jailed for three years for his part in shooting at six Mackay homes and killing Fluffy the cat.
On the same afternoon, co-accused Tyson Keith Mullins, 21, pleaded guilty to his role in the shocking incidents.
Mullins also pleaded guilty to shooting at a Rockhampton home on January 6.
Hassan, 20, had previously pleaded guilty to charges of wilful damage on January 8, animal cruelty and unlawful possession of weapons.
Magistrate Damien Dwyer had contemplated committing the matter to the District Court so harsher penalties could apply.
However he decided to keep the matter in the Mackay Magistrates Court based on material tendered in a psychologist's report.
Hassan owed an $1100 drug debt to a third co-accused, who is yet to enter pleas.
It was agreed that debt would be cleared if he assisted in chasing up other alleged drug debts. The plan was hatched and carried out about a week later.
"You... got carried away with the situation and added an address yourself... because you were upset at the occupant of that home," Mr Dwyer said.
Hassan and the third co-accused spoke of shooting a cat, the court was told.
Mr Dwyer described the offending as "most serious" and "dangerous to the extreme". "It was reckless... it was wilful... premeditated... and born out of greed." Mr Dwyer said the number of references tendered on Hassan's behaviour, didn't marry up to his history or admission to being drug addicted since before age 16.
"(There) needs to be a very strong deterrence... this was an attack on the very fabric of our society," Mr Dwyer said.
Hassan was jailed for consecutive jail sentences with the maximum being three years, to be released on parole on January 12 next year.
Mullins was adjourned for a lengthy plea and sentence for 21 charges on July 8.