Other Stuff Events
September 30, 2010
TWO men on opposing
sides of a $50,000 drug debt
shootout that left former Gypsy
Joker president Lennard Kirby with
bullet fragments in his lung have
been sentenced to six years in jail.
Zuideveld and Khai Vo, both 31, were
sentenced in the Supreme Court in Perth
today over the gunfight at Zuideveld's
home in Jandakot last year.
A jury found Zuideveld and Vo guilty of
doing an act to endanger life but
acquitted them of attempted murder.
brother Dung Nguyen "Steven" Vo was
acquitted of perverting the course of
justice after allegations he hid his
was told the two brothers had originally
knocked on Zuideveld's door at 3am on
May 18 and demanded money from a drug
returned to the house later that
afternoon, where Zuideveld had assembled
four other men in anticipation - Kirby,
Michael Littlefair, Alexandro Scilio and
security footage shows the brothers
arguing with Zuideveld and later Kirby
before Vo pulls a gun and fires at Kirby
while his brother is assaulted inside
enters the house and fires before the
brothers run outside to their car while
Zuideveld shoots at them from inside.
John McKechnie today sentenced Zuideveld
and Vo to six years' jail on the
endangering life charges, saying they
had gone to the scene armed and prepared
to use their weapons.
"It's not self defence, it's criminal
behaviour,'' Justice McKechnie said.
Each of the men was also sentenced to 18
months' jail for possessing firearms, to
be served concurrently with their
The pair, who sat beside each other in
the dock, will be eligible for parole in
"What we have is a drug deal that went
wrong, with many shots fired,'' Justice
He said people in the community were
sick and tired of "people like you
conducting drug deals'' with no regard
for the misery it caused people.
The court heard the shootout was over a
$50,000 drug debt.
Zuideveld was accused of trying to shoot
Vo, and Vo was accused of trying to kill
Kirby, Zuideveld's friend.
"You are both there for a drug deal, and
you knew something like this might
happen. That's why you were armed,''
Justice McKechnie told the pair.
"I find you had a gun readily to hand
and were quite prepared to use it, and
the men was also sentenced to 18 months'
jail for possessing firearms, to be
served concurrently with their six-year
The sentences for Zuideveld and Vo will
be backdated to the middle of last year
when they were taken into custody.