Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Car Thief Duo Tossed Spare Wheel, Brick from Window at Chasing Police

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Car Thief Duo Tossed Spare Wheel, Brick from Window at Chasing Police

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ARSONISTS Trinity Atkinson and Tyson Murphy-McKey will spend Christmas in jail after being convicted of setting fire to a stolen car.

The pair was arrested on January 19 after a stolen Commodore they were riding in struck a pole and crashed into a garden bed in North Ipswich.

An Ipswich court this week heard that while trying to flee, the thieves threw a spare wheel, a brick and other objects at a pursuing police car.

Atkinson will also serve time for his violent attack on a youth in an Ipswich police cell just days after committing the arson.

Appearing before Ipswich District Court, Tyson George Murphy-McKey, 23, from Augustine Heights, and Trinity Richard Atkinson, 25, from Blackstone, both pleaded guilty to arson of a Holden Commodore ute at Swanbank on January 18.

Atkinson pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm to a 17-year-old youth at the Ipswich watch-house on January 22.

He also admitted to 21 other offences including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle; assault, enter premises by break; five counts of wilful damage; five counts of stealing; unlawful use of a motor vehicle; drug driving; two counts of disqualified driving; and wilful damage of police property.

One stealing charge involved his brazen theft of a $1500 diamond ring from a jewellery shop. A wilful damage charge related to Atkinson using scissors to slash a tyre on his former girlfriend's car.

The court heard Murphy-McKey had previously been dealt with by a lower court after he pleaded guilty to a series of related charges that included dangerous operation of a motor vehicle; stealing; assault/obstruct a police officer; and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Crown prosecutor Cameron Wilkins said Atkinson had an appalling criminal history, with 12 convictions for burglary or entering premises; six for wilful damage; five for unlawful use of motor vehicles; and three for dangerous operation of motor vehicles. …

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