Park Avenue machete attackers sentenced
TWO men sat together in the dock yesterday and listened as the horrific events of a machete attack on a December night in 2013 were read out.
Crown prosecutor Josh Phillips recounted violent horrors inflicted on six people as the accused, Lindsay Rohan Winslade sat quietly in Rockhampton District Court, eyes downcast and Aaron Paul Pryce covered his face to conceal a smile.
Both men appeared for sentencing after being remanded in custody for the past 16 months.
The court heard how the two fathers had met through their children's activities.
Four months later, they conducted a brazen and violent armed home invasion where six people in their 20s were subjected to prolonged terror with machetes and threats of rape.
Neighbours alerted police when they heard screams of horror.
Mr Phillips told the court machetes were particularly wicked weapons, which would have added to the fear and terror on the night.
In the hours before the attack, the two men had drunk two casks of wine and a six-pack of rum and cola before deciding they wanted cannabis as well.
They went to a Park Avenue address, without money, but armed themselves with machetes instead. At the time police described the scene, where four people received serious cuts, as "chaos".
As the victim impact statements were read out in the court, Winslade hung his head and Pryce fidgeted.
Mr Phillips told the court that Pryce, who was on probation at the time of the attack, taunted his victims, threatened one woman he would "slice her" and threatened rape.
"They were terrorised to instil fear and compliance… and were not deterred knowing there were more people in the house," Mr Phillips said.
As the facts continued to be read out, Winslade appeared increasingly concerned and Pryce appeared bored, distracted and suppressed smiles.
Through defence barrister Tom Polley, Pryce attempted to shift the blame for the attack onto Winslade who he said intimidated him and was responsible for most of the violence.
Winslade's defence barrister, Ross Le Monaco said his client was appalled by his own conduct, shocked at what he was able to inflict on other people and unable to look at photographs of victims' injuries.
Judge Anthony Rafter sentenced the two men to eight years in prison.
He made a serious, violent offence declaration for both, meaning they will have to serve at least 80% of their sentence.
Burglary by breaking with violence while armed in company
Armed robbery in company with personal violence
Armed robbery in company with wounding
Malicious act with intent
Sexual assault while armed in company