Jailed for dragging woman from car

THUGGISH behaviour by a man involved in a police chase between Logan and Ipswich last year means he will spend at least 18 months behind bars after dragging a woman by her feet from her car before stealing her vehicle.

Shaun Darryl Tetau, 20, made headlines last year after he was jailed for assaulting a taxi driver and stealing a car at Woodridge with two other men, before being stopped by a police spike strip at Willowbank.

He was released from jail last year but only months later he was arrested again after stealing a car from a 55-year-old woman and assaulting a female shop assistant while he tried to steal alcohol.

Brisbane District Court on Friday heard Tetau dragged the 55-year-old woman out of her car by her feet while she was parked outside her work at Coopers Plains in September last year.

Tetau jumped in the driver's seat and stole the car. A few days later he went into a liquor store at Forest Lake while there was a blackout. When trying to steal two bottles of spirits he grabbed a 21-year-old shop assistant by her vest and hair and forced her to the ground.

Tetau pleaded guilty to 10 charges including robbery with violence, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and stealing.

District Court Judge Brad Farr said Tetau's behaviour was "cowardly" and "thuggish".

He said it was obvious Tetau targeted defenceless victims.

"You demonstrably have no respect for court orders, you have no respect for the law, you have no respect for the possessions of others, you have no respect for the rights of others and you have no respect for the safety and wellbeing of others," Judge Farr said.

He sentenced him to three years in jail.

Tetau will be eligible for parole in January 2017.


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