Knifed over drug debt

Fe­bru­ary pa­role for guilty man

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY

A FOR­MER “buz­z­saw ban­dit” forced his way into a Molen­d­i­nar home, held a wo­man against her will and stabbed a man in the stom­ach to col­lect a drug debt.

Luke Justin Nolan, 33, told the court he had to choose be­tween stab­bing the man or get­ting stabbed him­self.

Nolan pleaded guilty in the South­port District Court yes­ter­day to mul­ti­ple charges in­clud­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm, rob­bery, as­sault and de­pri­va­tion of lib­erty.

In an un­usual move, Nolan spoke briefly dur­ing Judge Kather­ine McGin­ness’ sen­tence de­ci­sion to cor­rect some facts about what hap­pened when he in­vaded the Molen­d­i­nar home on Au­gust 16, 2016.

“We had an ar­gu­ment over a drug debt,” Nolan said.

“It was ei­ther I got stabbed or he gets stabbed. We had a fight and I won.”

Nolan could be back on the streets in just a few months af­ter he was sen­tenced to eight years prison with pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity in Fe­bru­ary next year.

The court was told Nolan ap­proached a wo­man and told her he left some items in her home when he lived there pre­vi­ously.

The wo­man let Nolan and an­other wo­man into the home and that is when he at­tacked.

He held her cap­tive un­til her part­ner came home, wait­ing be­hind the door and stabbed him in the ab­domen.

While there, Nolan and his ac­com­plice robbed the home, steal­ing a tele­vi­sion and other house­hold ap­pli­ances.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Michael Con­nelly said the wound left the man in in­ten­sive care for four days and in need of a bowel re­sec­tion.

He said the wo­man was left with a num­ber of bruises.

Nolan also stole the wo­man’s car which was later found aban­doned and burnt on the side of the road.

The court was told Nolan was high on ice at the time of the at­tack.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Scott Lynch, in­structed by Moloney MacCal­lum Ab­delshahied Lawyers, said Nolan, a fa­ther of two, was hop­ing to turn his life around and had com­pleted all avail­able cour­ses to him while in cus­tody.

Luke Nolan (be­low) was also a mem­ber of the ‘buz­z­saw ban­dit’ trio which com­mit­ted a num­ber of Gold Coast rob­beries in 2012.

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