Teen played chicken and threat­ened to kill friends

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MELINDA BRAD­FORD

AN AP­PLE Tree Creek teenager will spend four months be­hind bars af­ter a po­ten­tially deadly game of chicken left Ap­ple Tree Creek Ho­tel and Papa’s Panda Pizza pa­trons fear­ing for their lives.

Beau Kenneth John Brady-Lawrence, 18, kept his head bowed as he heard his fate when he ap­peared in Childers Mag­is­trates court fol­low­ing an al­co­hol and drug-fu­elled night.

Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Hay­ley Glover told the court Brady-Lawrence was drink­ing with friends at the Ap­ple Tree Creek Ho­tel on April 12 when he threat­ened to kill a friend.

Judge Gary Fin­ger

It is one of the more se­ri­ous of­fences of this na­ture that I have seen in my pe­riod on the bench ...

The court heard Brady-Lawrence told his friend “I’m go­ing to kill you” as he waved around two knives be­fore wit­nesses grabbed the knives and wres­tled him to the ground.

Snr Const Glover said Brady-Lawrence ran back to his house but re­turned mo­ments later in his un­reg­is­tered car, driv­ing straight at the wit­ness, nar­rowly miss­ing him.

She said Brady-Lawrence con­tin­ued to drive back and forth in front of the ho­tel and pizza shop four times, while per­form­ing “wheel­ies” and try­ing to run down his friend.

Snr Const Glover told the court on two oc­ca­sions Brady-Lawrence drove straight to­wards the ho­tel, slam­ming on the brakes just be­fore im­pact, caus­ing ho­tel and pizza shop pa­trons to scat­ter out of the way.

The court heard Brady-Lawrence, who was un­li­censed, had a blood al­co­hol limit of more than twice the le­gal limit and had ad­mit­ted to smok­ing two mar­i­juana joints that night.

Judge Gary Fin­ger told Brady-Lawrence that his ac­tions were “atro­cious” and “dan­ger­ous” and warned the 18-year-old that he was “lucky” his ac­tions had not killed some­one.

“It is one of the more se­ri­ous of­fences of this na­ture that I have seen in my pe­riod on the bench, or heard of on my pe­riod on the bench,” he said.

“I shud­der to think what would have hap­pened if you planted your foot and failed to hit the brake and went straight through the ho­tel. You wouldn’t be stand­ing be­fore me... you’d be be­fore the Supreme Court judge charged with mur­der.

“You can think yourself very, very lucky that you’re even here.”

Judge Fin­ger told Brady-Lawrence that the com­mu­nity needed pro­tec­tion from “people like you” be­fore sen­tenc­ing him to 12 months in prison.

“The com­mu­nity won’t tol­er­ate this sort of be­hav­iour. Let’s hope your pe­riod of in­car­cer­a­tion will teach you and the com­mu­nity that, at the very least,” he said.

Brady-Lawrence was fined more than $2000 for a string of driv­ing of­fences, in­clud­ing dan­ger­ous oper­a­tion of a ve­hi­cle and was disqual­i­fied from driv­ing for more than two years.

He will be re­leased on pa­role on Novem­ber 18.

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