The most gripping Coast stories of 2019: PART THREE – Sunshine Coast Daily

Posted in Tattoo Nightmares on Jan 03, 2020

March 1

SUNSHINE Coast man Brendon Johnsson was sentenced to five years and four months behind bars in Bali for possession of cocaine.

The sentence was less than the eight years demanded by prosecutors but just over the mandatory five years for possession of more than five grams of a class one narcotic.

Johnsson was convicted of possessing 11.6 grams of the drug.

>> PART ONE: LOOKING BACK AT JANUARY'S BIGGEST STORIES

>>PART TWO: THE GRIPPING STORIES FROM FEBRUARY

March 2

TWO months after 21-year-old Chris Brace was hit by a car, he remained in hospital fighting for life. In the early hours of January 6, he was walking home from a mate's place on Aerodrome Rd, when he was struck by a passing car.

He suffered critical injuries and would have died if the motorist behind the wheel had not stopped and called emergency services.

His heartbroken father Dave said his son initially had spent 17 days in the intensive care unit and needed a "miracle" to make it.

21-year-old Caloundra man Chris Brace in a Brisbane hospital fighting for his life after a horrible accident on Aerodrome Road in Maroochydore in January.

March 4

CAMERON Toy was on the Coast for a boys' weekend but left the region as a hero after saving a teenage girl who was minutes away from certain death.

Mr Toy was walking on the popular Noosa National Park trail en route to Hells Gate when he saw a girl, who he believes was attempting to get a selfie, swept off her feet and out of sight.

Without a second's thought for his own safety, Mr Toy braved the high seas and came to the girl's aid.

He remained with the girl, who had sustained "horrific-looking" lacerations, until Surf Life Saving Queensland authorities and paramedics could assist.

March 5

TWO fishermen and a dog had a lucky escape after a massive wave sent them "beyond recovery" at the Noosa bar crossing.

A video posted by Fishing Noosa shows the tinnie heading out to sea through rough surf.

"They were almost out when a couple of waves stood up right out back," Fishing Noosa said.

"A smallish one set them up and a boomer took them beyond recovery point."

The footage shows the boat being blasted into the air, and then disappearing behind the huge swell.

The men are then seen floating alongside the overturned boat while drifting back to shore.

No one was hurt in the incident, and strong currents pushed the boat and its passengers on to the North Shore about 15 minutes later.

March 6

WHAT was meant to be a visit to see relatives in the United States turned into a nightmare for a Sunshine Coast woman after she was detained at Honolulu Airport on Oahu and then locked in a federal maximum security prison for two days before being returned to Australia.

March 7

A HORSE trainer was found not guilty of serious animal cruelty following a three-day trial in Maroochydore District Court. The jury returned the verdict in the case of David Ronald Gafa in the early evening of March 6. Mr Gafa's charges stemmed from the way a two-and-a-half-month-old foal named Bonny was treated at a veterinarian's Valdora property on November 18, 2016.

March 8

THE firm dealing with the liquidation of Rebl Corp's subsidiaries revealed how many staff were left without jobs after a shock closure the week prior. Rebl Corp, which included Media Rebl, Digital Rebl and Business Rebl, helped businesses "create and deliver engaging videos, social media content, digital marketing solutions, and extensive business systems".

Rebl Corp closed the doors of its Nicklin Way premises on February 28 and Digital Rebl and Media Rebl were put into liquidation under the care of Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants the next day.

Worrells' liquidator, Dan Hammond, said "40-odd staff" were terminated prior to his appointment.

March 9

KOALAS face extinction and southeast Queensland is on course for a Darling River-style ecosystem collapse until a halt is called to development, according to a leading academic.

Dr Frank Carrick, a University of Queensland Honorary Professor and one of Australia's leading koala experts, said the idea development could go on the way it had without limit was nonsense.

His concerns come as new data showed the SEQ region would grow by another two million people during the next 25 years.

March 11

ONE Nation's Fairfax candidate Paul Henselin launched an attack on Ted O'Brien over funding for the Buderim Men's Shed.

Mr Henselin called on Mr O'Brien to "please explain" claims he personally secured over a million dollars in Federal Government funding for the community group.

The attack was launched after Mr O'Brien erected a sign at the Men's Shed which said he'd delivered over $1 million for the organisation.

But Mr O'Brien, the LNP Member for Fairfax, refused to get into a slanging match, acknowledging the advocacy of One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who he said had even announced the federal funding without him.

March 12

"KINKY sex" between a 48-year-old man and 19-year-old man was said to be at the centre of a deprivation of liberty case in Noosa bushland over the weekend of March 9 and 10.

The older man, his 16-year-old daughter and an unrelated 19-year-old man are all co-accused of holding the victim against his will and repeatedly assaulting him at an Eenie Creek, Noosaville camp site for two days until he escaped early on Sunday.

The trio appeared separately before the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on March 11, each charged with deprivation of liberty and assaults occasioning bodily harm.

March 13

THE girls were just toddlers, no older than three, when they were allegedly subjected to harrowing sexual abuse at the hands of their parents.

The details of the alleged crimes are of the most horrific and unforgiving nature - so horrific, we refuse to publish them.

It is not often, if ever, we choose to withhold accusations from court proceedings.

The trial of the couple - who can't be named to protect the identities of their respective children - started yesterday in Maroochydore District Court where the pair pleaded not guilty to a string of sexual abuse charges.

March 14

A POLICE investigation has been launched after a teacher allegedly struck a student twice in the head at a prominent Sunshine Coast high school on March 12.

The Year 9 student, who declined to be named, attends Kawana Waters State College and claims he was "punched" by the teacher on the school oval.

A source close to the student told the Daily that the student sustained swelling and bruising to his face and jaw in the alleged assault.

March 15

A MAN shot in the head at close range is lucky to be alive and his brother charged with attempted murder after an altercation at a Sunshine Coast property.

Mark Spencer, 36, was charged with more than 20 offences including the shooting of his 42-year-old brother in the mouth through the windscreen of a car on February 2. Sunshine Coast District CIB officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said it was a "matter of luck" the man had survived after being shot with a .22 rifle at a Curramore property.

March 16

LETTING her daughters ditch school was an easy decision for Jenny Oakley, who said it was time for them to stand up and ask the questions instead of answering them.

The proud mum-of-three was one of hundreds of parents, grandparents and family supporting students who walked out of class to strike for action against climate change.

The Sunshine Coast Schools Strike for Climate Change event at Peregian Beach linked with tens of thousands of students globally who used their voices to demand politicians take them, and the Earth, seriously.

Gympie State High School student and St Patrick's College student Shellie Joseph and Echo Hunter-Demecs.

March 18

HUNDREDS braved the rain in a candlelit vigil for the victims and families of the horrific terrorist attack at Christchurch.

The Stand Together for Christchurch event was held so people in the community could stand "united as one"to pay their respects to the 50 lives lost.

More than 200 people gathered at the top of Alexandra Headland under "crying skies" to remember the fallen and stand behind the Muslim community.

Vigil for the Christchurch Massacre.

March 19

A BIKIE with a violent, drug-riddled past was jailed after he repeatedly threatened two sisters who identified him as the driver in a police pursuit.

The "1%" tattoo behind Aaron Ryan's right ear was clear from the Maroochydore District Court dock as he pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice via a string of Facebook messages to one sister, and voicemails to the other.

The "1%" is often associated with outlaw gangs, and Ryan's Facebook intro states "Saturdrah MC", an outlaw motorcycle club whose Sydney chapter was shut down in January 2016.

The court yesterday heard police tried to intercept an unlicensed Ryan as he drove the two sisters, aged 28 and 29, following an evening out.

Ryan sped off and let the pair out when they pleaded with him to stop.

March 20

DRUG culture was the leading factor of "consistent" weapon crimes, according to a Sunshine Coast lawyer, in the wake of multiple horrific stabbings that have left people lucky to be alive. Smith Criminal Law senior solicitor Ben Rynderman represented a client "almost daily" for possessing a weapon, saying the offenders were often mixed up in a drug scene.

This comes after two serious stabbings in a matter of days, one where a teenager was left in an induced coma from multiple stab wounds to his chest and arms.

March 21

COMMUNITY consultation was due to begin on proposed new flight paths as part of the Sunshine Coast Airport expansion.

The new runway will be able to be used in two modes, dependent on wind conditions.

Airservices Australia had been tasked by council to finalise the flight paths and had put the proposed paths out for community feedback.

March 22

TRIBUTES are flowing for a popular Mooloolaba pilot who was killed in a tragic helicopter crash in remote South Australia.

Kieran Brown, 45, died in the crash, and was believed to be laying cables at the Carrapateena Mine near Woomera when disaster struck.

Mr Brown was the sole occupant in the aircraft - a Europcopter AS350 - but several of his colleagues witnessed the crash.

Kieran Brown, 45-year-old pilot from Mooloolaba, died in a helicopter crash, near Woomera in South Australia, 60 kilometres west of Woomera.

March 23

DOROTHY and Russel Summerfield's Golden Beach home suffered $100,000 damage when a young, inexperienced driver sped off the road, and knocked down two trees and their garage.

The Lamerough Pde couple were in their home at the time and grateful nobody was seriously injured or killed.

The Summerfields said the problem was not unique to their street, and wanted their experience to remind drivers that the speed limit in built-up areas was 50km/h unless otherwise signed.

March 25

AT FIRST glance REIQ's latest report painted a rosy picture for the Sunshine Coast's property market, but a real estate principal put the organisation on notice for playing down the real story.

John Stamp, of Belle Property in Noosa, Coolum and Maroochydore, said he spat out his Saturday morning porridge reading the Queensland Market Monitor report. He demanded a meeting with REIQ to discuss the report's findings.

The report noted that over the year ending December last year, Noosa posted an annual median house price growth of 11.7 per cent, but a deeper read showed the median house price actually dropped 8.2 per cent in the last quarter to $680,000.

March 26

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