News

Nine-year jail term for fatal argument over noise

SLAIN: Leeroy Johnson.
SLAIN: Leeroy Johnson.

AN Ipswich mum has broken down in court as she described the grief and heartbreak she suffered after the death of her son.

Leeroy Johnson was stabbed to death in Redbank by a neighbour after a confrontation about noise coming from Mr Johnson's home.

His mother spoke in Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday as her son's killer, Shaun Patrick Flanagan, was sentenced to nine years for manslaughter.

Sobbing as she spoke, she told the court: "I feel his life was taken from me. Leeroy was my son, my friend and my baby.

"My heart is broken and I feel like it will never mend."

The court heard Flanagan confronted Mr Johnson, a friend who lived below him in Mine St, around midnight on February 8, 2011, in their front yard because Mr Johnson and his partner were being noisy.

Flanagan said he was sick of Mr Johnson's loud arguments and yelled at him to move out, the court heard.

Flanagan threatened to drive into Mr Johnson's lounge room before getting into his car and driving in and out of Mr Johnson's front entrance multiple times.

Flanagan and Mr Johnson then got in a struggle and Flanagan, armed with a small kitchen knife he grabbed from his car, stabbed Mr Johnson.

Crown Prosecutor Danny Boyle said Flanagan stabbed Mr Johnson in the chest, penetrating his heart.

Mr Johnson suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital.

Mr Johnson's mother took to the rare step of reading out a statement in the Supreme Court as other family members sobbed in the gallery.

She said there was nothing the "law of the land" could say or do to justify what happened to her son.

Justice Jean Dalton agreed.

"I think there is a lot of truth in that," she said.

"I think however a child dies, its very difficult for a parent to ever come to terms with it."

Justice Dalton said whatever the law was for sentencing, it was separate to the loss and grief a family experienced.

Barrister for Flanagan, James Godbolt, said the 35-year-old had not intended to harm Mr Johnson or kill him.

Mr Godbolt said Flanagan took action to help Mr Johnson after he was stabbed, stayed at the scene and fronted police when they arrived.

"His remorse is genuine and is supported by his actions on the night and his plea," he argued.

The court heard Flanagan had a wife and children and had been a model prisoner while in jail.

Justice Dalton sentenced Flanagan to nine years in jail.

Topics:  brisbane supreme court, manslaughter, redbank



Former minister claims he voluntarily stopped abusing boy

Retired Uniting Church Minister Barry Dangerfield (right) arrives at Brisbane District Court.

Barry Dangerfield charged with multiple counts of indecent dealing

Iconic Ipswich pub now number one in Queensland

PA Hotel owners Mary-Anne and Clive Johnson are pleased to have been awarded the Queensland Hotels Association 2016 Hotel of the Year.

It's official - Ipswich is home to the best pub in Queensland

Emotional farewell for AWLQ volunteers and staff

AWLQ CEO Denise Bradley farewells a long-serving volunteer at the West Ipswich facility on Friday.

The AWLQ has left the building. So what's next?

Local Partners

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Things to do around Ipswich this weekend

The Ipswich Orchid Society Garden Spectacular is this weekend.

Things to do around Ipswich

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets