Two senior members of Darwin chapter
of Rebels outlaw motorcycle club sentenced to seven years’
jail for ordering axe attack
JASON WALLS, NT News
TWO senior members of the Darwin
chapter of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang have been sentenced
to seven years’ jail for ordering a revenge axe attack on a
President Andy Summerfield, 24,
and sergeant-at-arms Shannon Althouse, 31, pleaded guilty to giving
the order to attack Tyrone Kerslake on October 5 last year.
But in a case of mistaken
identity, their underlings targeted Kerslake’s flatmate Bradley
a victim impact statement Justice Jenny Blokland read from during
sentencing, Mr Jewell said the beating – which resulted in wounds
including a chipped vertebrae and multiple skull fractures – left him
experiencing frequent flashbacks and “physically incapable of
functioning as he did before the attack”.
“He talks about the excruciating pain,
that he just wanted to pass out during the attack, he talks about the
blood and that he was so scared he thought he was going to die,” she
Justice Blokland described the men’s
crimes as “frightening and confronting offending, motivated by revenge”.
She said the pair’s high ranking
within the Rebels helped explain their motivation to “enlist others to
do their dirty work for them”, but “the fact they had others carry out
the offending does not mitigate the offending”.
“While being members of a gang, outlaw
or not, does not aggravate the assessment of the objective factors of
the offending itself, it does give context to the motivation and informs
the reason for the apparent impunity with which the two offenders
thought they could enlist others to do their dirt work for them,” she
In her sentencing remarks, Justice
Blokland was also critical of the Rebels as a whole, taking a swipe at
the gang’s constitution which was submitted to the court as part of the
proceedings. “If this offending were not so serious, it would be
regarded as a joke by reasonable people,” she said.
Justice Blokland noted the men’s
prospect of rehabilitation would be “poor if they remained associated
with the Rebels but reasonable if they broke those ties”.
Summerfield will be eligible for parole
after serving three years and six months behind bars, while Althouse
will serve a non-parole period of four years.