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.



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