‘Gangster’ friends pay the price for vicious attack on man

A GROUP of four friends who savagely beat a man and tried to steal money using his ATM card have paid the price of their drug and alcohol-fuelled actions.

Stephen Alexander Marshall, 38, Damian Ian Ras 25, Travis Robert Woollett, 31, and Alicia Jayne Brandon-Cremer, 28, faced Maroochydore District Court yesterday charged with deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm in company and robbery in company with personal violence.

The court heard the offenders acted opportunistically when a friend of Marshall's came to his Maroochydore unit on September 27, 2011, after having withdrawn $200 to buy drugs.

The complainant was assaulted by Ras and Woollett, but remained in the unit as he believed the violence was over.

But the three male offenders tied his legs and hands and hit and kicked him for at least 15 minutes before Marshall took the man's wallet and threatened him with more violence unless he gave his PIN number.

Brandon-Cremer went to a nearby ATM but returned to report the PIN was incorrect, upon which Woollett choked the complainant until he almost passed out.

Ras intervened to stop the violence and another PIN number was extracted, but that was also incorrect.

The complainant escaped and fled to a nearby service station.

He suffered serious nose and facial fractures and bruises.

Judge John Robertson said he was appalled by the sustained level of violence by the male offenders.

He said all four had acted in a "gangster-like manner".

Woollett, who also faced 11 summary charges, was sentenced to six years' jail. He will be eligible for parole in two years.

Ras was sentenced to five years' jail, suspended after 16 months, which will begin after he serves a current prison sentence for other offences.

Marshall was sentenced to four years and will be eligible for parole in June next year, while Brandon-Cremer was sentenced to two years with immediate parole.



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