Man jailed after attacking teens

AN IPSWICH man attacked a group of high school students because he feared their amorous relations on the side of a road would attract police attention.

As a result of the bizarre attack, Beau Wallace Flegler, 24, will face the next five months in jail.

Flegler was a passenger in a car driving through Redbank Plains on November 25 last year when he saw four teenagers engaged in what he believed were intimate acts on the side of the road.

Ipswich District Court heard Flegler decided the strangers’ actions would “attract police” to his area so he told the driver to stop before attacking the students.

Flegler also robbed a 39-year-old taxi driver at Toowoomba with a 30 to 40cm knife – which he later claimed was a toy – taking $285 on May 15 this year.

Crown Prosecutor John Copley said Flegler held the knife to the driver’s chest and said: “Give me the money or I’ll stab you”.

He later told police he robbed the driver because he had a “drug debt of $850 to his drug dealer”, but one of his friends later told police Flegler used the money to buy more drugs.

Flegler pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning bodily harm, two charges of common assault, armed robbery, possessing drugs, possessing drug utensils, failing to dispose of a syringe and breaching bail.

He was sentenced to three years jail and will be released on parole on May 15 next year.

Flegler’s pre-sentence custody time of 217 days were taken into account.

Judge Gregory Koppenol said he wanted to sentence Flegler to more than three years jail but his hands were tied by previous Court of Appeal decisions.

Defence barrister Scott Lynch said his client had a difficult upbringing and would benefit from the supervision of parole.

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