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Queensland gang leader sentenced to 11 years in prison

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The leader of the Queensland gang, who used ruthless violence – even hospitalized his members – to provoke fear, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Ian Ronald Crowden, 47, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday to what has been described as a “set of criminal offenses” since 2014.

Crowden was the “conductor and orchestrator” of the fable gang, recruiting members to carry out his orders, “as they were your disciples,” the court heard.

Crowden also punished gang members by not expressing any remorse, denying or personally inflicting severe beatings to keep them in order.

He had such power over his gang that after a brutal attack on them, two members remained, including one who was beaten twice and he remained in hospital.

“It’s unusual, but as a sign of the fear that Crowden put pressure on other members of the group, even after the attack … they both remained in the group,” said Kingdom Attorney David Meredith.

“He (Crowden) was the leader … he initiated this group.”

Crowden pleaded guilty to a total of 14 charges, including extortion, drug trafficking, assault with grievous bodily harm, involvement in a criminal organization and threat of violence.

The most serious offense was an attack seven years ago on a man still suffering from post-traumatic stress and financial losses, Mr Meredith said.

Crowden and some of his colleagues were hired to attack the man, committing an attack that had “devastating consequences,” the court heard.

“(Victim) … was a man who did nothing wrong, and he suffered severely at your hands,” Judge David Bodis said.

“Obviously, this had devastating consequences for him, which he will have to bear until the end of his time.”

Crowden blamed his behavior on steroid abuse and childhood, “fascinated by poverty, violence and sexual violence,” said defense attorney Jeff Hunter.

But Judge Bodis said: “I do not accept that the violence was committed in the context of some steroid rage.

“Your actions were designed to arouse fear in the victims and in the military who follow your instructions.

“You have not repented of those to whom you have organized violence or who have committed violence yourself.”

Judge Bodis said a total of 1,598 days of Crowden’s imprisonment – more than four years – would be considered a term of imprisonment.

However, Crowden received a statement of a serious violent crime, which guarantees that he will have to serve 80 percent of his sentence before he will be entitled to parole.

“In my opinion, it would be an insult to society if you were sentenced to less than 10 years in prison for a heinous crime,” Judge Bodis said.

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/queensland-gang-leader-jailed-for-11-years-c-6830786

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