THUG LIFE: Joshua Joseph Keymes (left) and Jessie Lou Keymes outside Ipswich District Court.
THUG LIFE: Joshua Joseph Keymes (left) and Jessie Lou Keymes outside Ipswich District Court.

Bash brothers walk free from court

A COUPLE of wannabe tough guys who held a knife to a man's throat and demanded he sign over his new car to them have walked free from court.

Both men were on a suspended sentence for an unrelated matter at the time of committing the offence.

Brothers Jessie Lou Keymes, 24, and Joshua Joseph Keymes, 20, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm while armed, making threats and the unlawful use of a motor vehicle stemming from an incident on December 26, 2014.

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court Joshua had invited the victim over to his brother's house where things turned violent.

She said the brothers accused the victim of stealing drugs and saying derogatory things about Joshua behind his back.

"Joshua got up and punched the victim several times in the head knocking him to the floor," she said.

"Joshua then threatened to kill the victim and grabbed a 25cm knife and held it to his throat.

"Jessie then got involved and kneed the victim several times in the head before taking over with the knife from his brother."

Ms Kelso said Joshua then told a third person to go and get the VIN number of the victim's six-week-old car.

She said the brothers then forced the victim to write a receipt saying they had purchased the car for $600.

"They then assaulted the victim with a key, stabbing him in the head with such force it broke the key," she said.

"Both men refused to take part in a police interview following their arrest."

Joshua Keymes's defence barrister Joshua Jones said his client was absolutely petrified of serving an actual custodial sentence.

He said Joshua was illiterate and claimed he had since given up using drugs.

"He has a very real and great fear of going to jail," he said.

"It is a genuine concern he holds.

"So much so he cried when telling this to the report writer."

Jessie Keymes's defence barrister Joseph Crowley told the court his client had a desire to gain employment.

He also claimed his client had given up using drugs following his arrest.

"My client was not as heavily involved compared with his younger brother," he said.

"The only main thing he did was hold a knife against the victim's throat after taking over from his brother.

"He certainly was not the principal offender and it was certainly not a pre-meditated crime."

Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren sentenced the brothers to two years behind bars but ordered they be released on immediate parole.

He said it was a serious and violent attack on their victim.

"It was a very frightening and harrowing ordeal for him," he said.

"Your consumption of drugs gives some context to your offending but it is in no way an excuse."



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