Bandidos bikie pleads guilty to violent home invasion
THERE'S a light at the end of the tunnel for Bandidos Motorcycle Club member John Justin Doyle after he appeared before the Toowoomba District Court to plead guilty to his role in a violent home invasion from 2012.
Doyle had been held in custody since his arrest for drug trafficking in May 2012 arising from a police operation across Toowoomba.
He pleaded guilty to that charge in November last year and was sentenced to three years jail, the judge having taken into account he had already served 534 days pre-sentence custody.
He appeared in custody yesterday to plead guilty to his role in the home invasion at Gowrie Junction during which a woman was held against her will and property, including weapons, were stolen.
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Judge Sarah Bradley said had Doyle been dealt with for the home invasion at the same time as the drug trafficking charges, he could have expected to receive six years jail.
However, taking into account the time he had served in prison, including some time in solitary confinement, Judge Bradley sentenced Doyle to another 12 months jail, but ordered he be eligible to apply for release on parole forthwith.