Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bikie: Shooting Was Not That Bad

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bikie: Shooting Was Not That Bad

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Byline: Rae wilson

A BIKIE tried to argue that shooting a Sunshine Coast man in the leg during a home invasion was not a serious violent offence - but the Court of Appeal did not agree.

Leslie David Gadd had been jailed for eight years and ordered to serve 80% of that term after the sentencing judge made a Serious Violent Offence declaration.

But Gadd argued a sentence of six to seven years was appropriate and the declaration also was too harsh.

He and another man, who police have never identified, broke into Jason Enrique Gravestein's Little Mountain home on April 9, 2011, searching for drugs and money.

When Mr Gravestein arrived home from a four-wheel-drive show in Brisbane with his partner Emma Burton, he was attacked.

Gadd shot the gun 30cm from Mr Gravestein's leg, the bullet going straight through his thigh.

Gadd's makeshift disguise came away during a struggle and Mr Gravestein recognised him.

He got away with $6000 worth of marijuana but did not steal any money from the safe because Mr Gravestein got away before being forced to open it. …

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