Four members of an outlaw motorcycle gang have been jailed for their part in a violent home invasion in Logan two years ago.
Jordan Nathaniel Kane, Ryley James Keenan, Aaron David Spokes, and Dexter Hollane Toetoe, of the Mongrel Mob, were sentenced in the District Court in Brisbane last week for the attack on a Kingston family on 24 September 2021.
The group’s rampage was in relation to a $5000 “leaving fee” they claimed they were owed by a prospect who had changed his mind about joining the gang.
Each man pleaded guilty to one count of burglary via breaking in company, one count of armed robbery in company and two counts of common assault.
Toetoe was on parole at the time of the offence, and now faces deportation to New Zealand under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth).
The prospect was at home with his partner and their four young children when the men arrived and demanded the money at the front door. When the prospect refused them entry, the group kicked in the door and smashed windows to gain entry.
The ensuing scuffle included Toetoe striking the prospect’s wife while she was holding a baby; Keenan threatening the prospect with a knife; and the prospect being attacked while his crying son called out for his father.
When police sirens were heard, the men left, smashing windows and vowing to return in a week.
Spokes, Keenan and Kane declined to participate in police interviews. Toetoe participated in an interview and denied being a part of the offending.
District Court Judge Allen KC said this type of offending was “unfortunately, not uncommon”.
“It involves the violation of the sanctity of the victim’s homes. In this case, it included the assault of (the prospect’s partner), and the terror that she suffered given her fear for herself, her partner and her children. It is clear from her victim impact statement that she has suffered significant consequences. Such offending carries with it the potential for serious injury to victims. Considerations of general and personal deterrence, as well as denunciation, are important.
“Aggravating circumstances, in addition to the presence of the children, were the threats made and the use of a knife as a weapon.”
Judge Allen said Spokes – a married father of five – was the “driving force” behind the offending, and was aged 26 at the time. Spokes, who has a criminal history involving weapons offences, was sentenced to a four terms of imprisonment, totalling 10 years, to be served concurrently. He will be eligible for parole in August next year.
Judge Allen said Keenan and Kane were aged about 20 at the time of the offending, and both now had babies.
Keenan was sentenced to a four terms of imprisonment, totalling 10 years, to be served concurrently. He will be eligible for parole in October next year.
Kane was sentenced to a four terms of imprisonment, totalling eight years, to be served concurrently. He will be eligible for parole in May next year.
Judge Allen said Toetoe was aged 21 at the time of the offending and had been on parole after being sentenced for armed robbery.
“It was serious offending and you were dealt with leniently by his Honour Judge Burnett as a 19-year-old offender with a largely irrelevant criminal history,” he said.
“His Honour went so far as to structure the sentence so that you would not suffer the consequences of automatic cancellation of the visa that permitted your presence in Australia.
“You spurned the opportunity presented by that leniency. You failed to attend counselling appointments and, within six months of your release on parole, committed the offences for which you are being sentenced today.”
Toetoe was sentenced to a four terms of imprisonment, totalling nine years, to be served concurrently but cumulative to the sentence being served. He is due to be released in February.
Two others involved in the incident, Dylan Mackie and Jhett Knight, were sentenced earlier this year.