Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Appeal for Harsher Sentence for Bashers

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Appeal for Harsher Sentence for Bashers

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Hannah Busch

EXCLUSIVE

QUEENSLAND'S Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will appeal the sentence of two Hervey Bay teens who bashed a 64-year-old taxi driver after a night of drinking.

Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen took the case to the Attorney-General after being approached by a Fraser Coast taxi driver about a sentence that allowed both teens to leave court without spending any jail time.

Steve Robert Drobny and Nathan Edward Tulungi Levy, both 19, were sentenced in the Hervey Bay District Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to the July 6 assault.

The court was told the men both punched and kicked the driver several times after he got out of the taxi to close one of the car doors left open by the offenders.

The driver had threatened to take them to the police station after overhearing a frantic discussion between the teens on how they would pay the $7.90 fare.

Drobny was ordered to do 150 hours of community service.

Levy was sentenced to 30 months in jail (not 13 months as mistakenly reported in the Chronicle yesterday) but was granted immediate parole. …

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