AN ALLEGED Rebels bikie has lost
his bid to appeal an 18-month jail sentence for smashing his way
into a Mount Louisa home while wielding a baseball bat to
collect a debt.
Jason Michael Heang was sentenced
to 18 months’ prison in Townsville District Court in September last
year for burglary but was immediately released on parole after
serving 137 days in custody awaiting sentencing.
On Friday the Court of Appeal in
Brisbane denied Heang’s application for leave to appeal the
Court documents detail that
Heang’s legal team launched the application on the basis that his
sentence lacked parity when compared to his co-accused James
Shattock, who was sentenced to 12 months’ prison wholly suspended.
Heang, along with Shattock, broke
a glass door of the home on July 5, 2014 and started swinging a
baseball bat and demanded one of the occupants who was an associate
of theirs, pay him $15,000 to cover a debt.
The associate was hiding in the
Lawyers for Heang, who is on
parole, argued that leave to appeal should be granted so that his
sentence could be changed to 12 months suspended. Court documents
detailing the outcome of the application state that Heang was the
lead offender in the crime.
“Shattock played a significantly
lesser role,” the published decision stated.
“The applicant attended the
residence armed with a baseball bat, wielded it, engaged in threats,
made demands of the complainant and searched the garage.
“A head sentence of 18 months’
imprisonment did not breach the principle of parity.”
The refusal for leave means Heang
will now not be able to appeal his sentence.