Mathew Pinch
Mathew Pinch

Ice user who drove changed a Gladstone woman's life forever

MATHEW Garey Pinch was high on ice when the driver crashed into Gladstone woman Kristal Johnston, changing forever the life of the badly injured fire fighter.

A shot gun, gloves, a mask and a radio scanner were found inside Pinch's wrecked vehicle.

Sentenced by the Supreme Court to 4 ½ years jail - to be suspended after 18 months for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm at 5.30am on October 9, 2014 on Gladstone -Benaraby Road; (and three years for drug trafficking); Pinch, 32, was back before Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday on weapons and traffic offences.

Pinch, heavily bearded and subdued in the dock, pleaded guilty to twice failing to stop for Gladstone police and fleeing on his motorbike just weeks before the near fatal crash; possession of two shortened firearms and ammunition at Calliope; possession of drug utensils and a knife; possession of weapons; and receiving tainted property, two video cameras.

Prosecutor Gavin Reece told the court police found a sawn-off bolt action rifle and 14 rounds of ammunition inside his crashed vehicle and two knives in sheaths.

When interviewed Pinch told police "in the event he had to shoot someone in self-defence he would use the gloves to prevent any fingerprints being left as evidence", but denied the mask was for anything malicious.

Six packets of cigarettes and tobacco in his vehicle matched items stolen in a break and enter at Moura the day before. Police searching his Calliope home found a single barrel sawn-off shotgun, the cut-off barrel piece, and ammunition.

Mr Reece said Pinch twice failed to stop for police in 2014 while riding his black Suzuki motorbike on August 31 and again on September 9. When police with lights and sirens on tried to intercept Pinch he accelerated away.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said Pinch, a former Curtis Island worker, already had his licence disqualified absolutely by the Supreme Court.

In convicting him, Ms Hay was satisfied that if the offences had also gone before the Supreme Court the penalties would not have been greater. No further penalty was imposed.

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