Leonard Toalei outside Southport Magistrates Court. He has been jailed again, this time for a rampage at a service station.
Leonard Toalei outside Southport Magistrates Court. He has been jailed again, this time for a rampage at a service station.

Vicious bikie went on wild rampage with baseball bat

A Bandidos bikie who confronted a woman who had just given birth in hospital and went on a rampage with a baseball bat will be out on the streets on April 16.

Richlands Magistrate Aaron Simpson said he held grave fears about the risk posed to the community by gang member Leonard David Toalei, 33, of Bundamba.

Mr Simpson said however that the law meant he could impose only a two year, six month head sentence on Toalei for a string of offences, including a frightening drunken rampage at a Sunnybank Hills service station on June 17 last year.

The court was told the notorious bikie was doing "doughnuts'' in his car in the forecourt about 10.37pm before he drove straight at a service station attendant, who had to cower behind petrol bowsers.

Leonard Toalei outside Southport Magistrates Court.
Leonard Toalei outside Southport Magistrates Court.

After hitting a bollard and righting off his car, Toalei got out and began demolishing the employee's vehicle with a baseball bat.

He then smashed his way through the glass door of the service station, where the attendant and another employee had to lock themselves in a safe room.

On May 19 last year Toalei had to be escorted from a room at Ipswich Hospital after standing at the door and glaring "menacingly'' at a woman who had just given birth, the court heard.

He had been in the acute care ward at the time for his mental illnesses when he abused staff, including an ambulance officer, and pushed past a doctor who told him not to enter a triage room.

"You're out in April on parole. You need to get prepared for that,'' Mr Simpson told him.

"The community needs protection from you, but I can't lock you up forever.

"In the scheme of things your conduct is some of the worst I've ever seen.''

Notorious bikie Leonard Toalei (right) showing off Bandidos “colours’’. Image: 7 News
Notorious bikie Leonard Toalei (right) showing off Bandidos “colours’’. Image: 7 News

Mr Simpson told Toalei, who appeared via videolink from jail, that he was a violent, extreme man and a thug who had a history of intimidating people.

Toalei began shouting "you're discriminating against me'' and angrily waving his arms, forcing Mr Simpson to order that the sound be turned off.

Mr Simpson said the outburst proved his point that Toalei could not control his anger.

He was concerned that was how Toalei reacted, even when "presumably'' being medicated by jail staff.

He told the bikie, a huge man with "Bandidos Australia'' tattooed on his face: "You just went crazy. We had to turn the sound down on you because you were so out of control.

"What is the hope (of you behaving if released)?

"(You are) a recidivist thug, that's what it comes down to.''

Toalei's lawyer said her client had blackouts during extreme episodes and had little recollection of the service station incident.

He had previously shown he could hold down a job and his recent offending had occurred when he was off his medication.

At the time Toalei did not have access to help, but now he had offers from several community groups to take him to medical appointments and monitor his behaviour.

She said Toalei had not harmed anyone in the latest incidents and the fact he smashed his own car with the baseball bat showed he was not acting rationally.

"He hears voices and believes people around him are intending to do him harm,'' she told the court.


Mr Simpson said he was required by law to take into account the 245 days Toalei had already served in custody.

He also took into account his timely guilty pleas to nine charges including public nuisance, dangerous operation of a vehicle, going armed so as to cause fear and entering with intent.

Toalei was also charged with wearing a bikie shirt and ring at Moorooka.

Mr Simpson disregarded the recommendation by both Toalei's lawyer and the police prosecutor for a two-year head sentence.

He instead imposed a head sentence of two years and six months, adding that the maximum he could impose was limited by law.

With time served, Toalei will be released on parole on April 16.

Originally published as Vicious bikie went on wild rampage with baseball bat


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