Jail term for shooting spree that killed cat

Fraser Lewis.
Fraser Lewis. Contributed
The front door of the house in George Fordyce Drive.
The front door of the house in George Fordyce Drive. Tony Martin

MACKAY homes and garages were sprayed with gunfire and Fluffy the cat cruelly gunned down in a suburban street late at night when Fraser Edward Lewis and his mates went on a shooting spree.

Lewis was jailed by the Supreme Court in Mackay for five years for his role in the shooting events in January and for offences of drug trafficking and drug possession, eight counts of wilful damage, animal cruelty, three counts of unlawful possession of weapons, and burglary. At the time, he was allegedly owed drug debts.

Fraser Lewis.
Fraser Lewis. Contributed

Brendan Manttan for the Crown, said police at Airlie Beach in late 2013 found Lewis with methylamphetamine and MDMA. His mobile phone held text messages consistent with the supply of dangerous drugs to others. A set of digital scales was later found with a steroid drug.

Lewis made admissions to supplying drugs to five people, doing deals for as much as $1300 and selling MDMA pills for $30 each.

Police searched his ute in December and found a samurai sword. Lewis told officers it was "for protection" if anyone tried to break into his vehicle. He also burgled a house and stole a shotgun, a rifle and a hunting knife from a gun safe. He later fired shots at a house near Rockhampton.

On January 8 this year, Lewis and two mates drove about Mackay and shot at houses. Bullet holes were found in houses and doors, and Fluffy, a pet cat, was found dead in a gutter.

Defence barrister Scott McLennan said Lewis's use of methylamphetamine had turned into an addiction and he lost his job as an apprentice diesel fitter. Before this, he had been well regarded and a promising young man with good prospects.

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