Booby-trappers could face serious charges
POLICE have issued a warning to booby-trappers after a string of barbed wire injured trail-bike rider Craig Billiet last week.
"If stringing wire on a track results in death you could be charged with manslaughter or murder," Gladstone Senior Sergeant Jason Chetham said.
Offenders could be charged with setting a man trap or intending to cause grievous bodily harm, he said.
Mr Billiet was riding a dirt bike on a track between Little Creek and Emmerdale when a taut line of barbed wire tied between two trees slashed his arm and neck.
He said if he has not seen the wire a split second before the collision, it would have cut his throat.
Allison Perry from the Curtis Coast Trail Riders' Club said it was concerning that someone would set a trap designed to kill, particularly as riding was a growing family sport.
"Their actions could take the life of someone's son or daughter, husband or wife, father or mother just because they are riding a dirt bike," she said.
Senior Sergeant Chetham said if people had grievances against trail riders they should contact Police Link.