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‘Quiet and thoughtful’ addict jailed over brutal attacks

A "QUIET and thoughtful" drug addict who bashed and robbed several people, including a man he thought was a child sex offender, has been sentenced to nine years' jail.

Peter Daniel Graham's aggregate term started on January 30, taking into account time already spent in custody, and expires on January 29, 2023.

Graham, who was sentenced before Judge L.Wells at Lismore District Court yesterday, will not be free until at least January 30, 2020, when he is eligible for parole.

The 26-year-old Glen Innes man received a 50% discount on his sentence for assisting prosecutors in court cases concerning his two alleged accomplices and for entering an early guilty plea.

He previously pleaded guilty to 16 charges over two vicious home invasions, including two counts of aggravated break and enter and maliciously destroying or damaging property with intent to endanger life.

The charges relate to a home invasion and fire at East Lismore on October 6, 2013, and a home invasion and assault of three people, a 74-year-old man, a 49-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman, at Richmond Hill on November 16. The 74-year-old man was targeted in both incidents.

In the emotionally traumatising home invasions, victims suffered significant facial injuries and surgery was required by the 49-year-old and 55-year-old.

Tens of thousands of dollars was stolen in collectables and electronic equipment and two cars were stolen and torched.

Judge Wells labelled Graham's offences, which were planned in advance, between the mid and upper-mid range of objective seriousness.

Judge Wells described claims the 74-year-old was a sex offender as "flimsy" and without basis.

Graham last month told the court he had been offered $2500 for taking part in each of the home invasions and bashing the men and the woman.

She said Graham, who was paid a "paltry" $2800 by an accomplice for his participation, had a lengthy criminal record and only a moderate chance of rehabilitation, but that he is remorseful.

During the hearing, Graham, who the judge described as "a quiet and thoughtful person" in custody, stared toward the floor and did not speak.

His alleged accomplices, Brandon James Green and David John Reynolds, will face court in coming weeks.

Police have also charged Andrew Wren with offences relating to the Richmond Hill incident.

Topics:  drug addiction prison



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