Knifed over drug debt
February parole for guilty man
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.