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Attackers wielding hunting knife scared off by granny

THREE armed men, intent on attacking a man they had a dispute with, were scared off when confronted by the man's grandmother.

Jordan Daniel Reeves, 19, Wolfe Floyd Spicer, 21, and Bradlee James Kingma, 20, were drinking at a party in Lowood when the topic arose of a man they knew who was in a dispute with a female friend of theirs.

They left the birthday party with Kingma driving. In the car, they hatched a plan.

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They returned to one of their houses, where Reeves and Spicer grabbed balaclavas and weapons. Reeves armed himself with a broken pool cue and a hunting knife, while Spicer had a metal pole. Kingma, the driver, stayed in the car.

They went to the house of the man they had a dispute with, where they yelled and threatened him. They yelled out that they were going to kill him and smashed windows, and Reeves attempted to pry the door open with the knife.

When the victim's grandmother came down the stairs, they were startled and fled the scene.

Reeves, Kingma and Spicer pleaded guilty in the Ipswich District Court to attempted burglary in company and wilful damage.

The victim, who had recognised Spicer's voice, called the police, who attended Spicer's residence and found all three, still with the items used in the attack.

Speaking to police, the three were confused about the purpose for the attack with Kingma stating it was an attempt to rob him, while Reeves said they were there to teach him a lesson. Spicer initially denied knowing anything about the attack.

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Reeves had spent more than 200 days in custody before the sentence, which defence lawyer Scott Neaves said was an appropriate amount of time for him to serve for a violent robbery which did not gain entry to the property.

Mr Neaves said Reeves had never had a job and was addicted to the drug ice. Judge Deborah Richards sentenced Reeves to 18 months' prison, to be released on parole after serving three months.

Spicer was sentenced to two years' jail and released immediately on parole.

Kingma was sentenced to 12 months' prison, which was wholly suspended for two years.

Topics:  attempted burglary, ipswich district court



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