An outlaw bikie who kidnapped
a man and sliced off his ears over allegedly
stolen drug money has had his sentence cut
Scheers, 26, of Tweed Heads, was sentenced
to 13 years' jail in July over the attack on
another member of the Lone Wolf motorcycle
club kidnapped Mr Holmes from his house on
November 3, 2007.
They drove him
to a national park where they accused him of
stealing $40,000 the gang had given him to
used a knife to sever one of Mr Holmes' ears
and cut the bottom from the other one.
He also sliced
Mr Holmes' face, before tying him up and
leaving him to find his own way home.
pleaded guilty on the morning of his trial
in the Southport District Court to
kidnapping, assault occasioning bodily harm
while armed and in company, and grievous
bodily harm with intent to disfigure.
Scheers took his case to the Court of Appeal
in Brisbane, where his lawyer argued the
sentence was excessive.
The Court of
Appeal on Tuesday upheld the application,
finding the sentence should be reduced to 10
In a written
judgment, Justice Cate Holmes agreed the
attack was "appalling in the
cold-bloodedness of its commission", but
found it "did not have ongoing consequences
for the victim physically or psychologically
or in terms of his capacity to earn income".
also serving a cumulative three-year
sentence for attempting to pervert the
course of justice, after it was discovered
he paid Mr Holmes not to give evidence