Batten beating: 'You touch children, you need to leave town'

Wiremu Edward Johnson and Jordan Tyrone Alberts have faced Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to a range of charges, including assault occasioning bodily harm.
Wiremu Edward Johnson and Jordan Tyrone Alberts have faced Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to a range of charges, including assault occasioning bodily harm. Facebook

TWO crooks involved in a savage attack on a man in Eimeo claim they thought their victim sexually abused children.

Though, a prosecutor told a court there's no indication that's true.

Wiremu Edward Johnson from Beaconsfield and Jordan Tyrone Alberts from Grasstree Beach bailed up the man on February 3 and accused him of the abuse.

Johnson thrashed the man with a wooden batten, while Alberts had a lesser role, kicking the man.

It left their victim - who'll likely receive $1000 in restitution - suffering painful soft tissue injuries.

Johnson, 25, and Alberts, 33, faced Mackay Magistrates Court jointly on Tuesday for sentencing, via videolink from jail.

They pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm while armed and in company.


Johnson also pleaded guilty to car theft, possessing a shortened shotgun, possessing explosives, two counts of dangerous driving, two counts of possessing drugs, breaching bail, and two counts of disobeying the speed limit, three counts of driving without a licence and registration, two counts of failing to stop, receiving tainted property, driving a vehicle with incorrect registration and possessing drug utensils.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Sean Franklin, who focused on the assault and dangerous driving charges in the hearing, said Johnson twice evaded police in a car.

Johnson - who has never held a licence - crashed during one of the "pursuits".

Alberts pleaded guilty to two counts of obstructing police, two counts of failing to appear in court, contravening police, public nuisance and possessing tainted property.

Sgt Franklin said Johnson was on bail and Alberts parole during much of their offending, and both have a history of violence.

Solicitor Phillip Moore, of ATSILS, tendered references for Johnson and said they speak to his "underlying character" as a loyal family man.

Mr Moore said Johnson had been battling drug addiction and had distanced himself from criminal elements.

He also detailed the apparent motivation behind the assault.

" ... as well the statement to the victim 'you know what I'm here for', Mr Johnson then did go on to say words to the effect of 'you touch children, you need to leave town'," Mr Moore said.

Solicitor Danny Yarrow, of Legal Aid Queensland, said Alberts was a "reluctant participant" in the attack.

Mr Yarrow described Alberts' criminal responsibility as much less than Johnson's and said he was remorseful.

Magistrate Scott Luxton adjourned his sentencing decision to a later date.

Topics:  assault occasioning bodily harm child sexual abuse dangerous driving mackay court mackay crime mackay magistrates court

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