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Bikie sentenced to eight years jail for home invasion

A SUNSHINE COAST bikie fears deportation to England after being thrown in jail for shooting a man during a violent home invasion.

Leslie David Gadd, 43, had pleaded guilty to four violence and robbery-related offences when he was sentenced in the Supreme Court on Wednesday to eight years in jail.

Crown Prosecutor Philip McCarthy told the court Gadd and another man, who police have never identified, broke into the Jason Enrique Gravestein's home on April 9, 2011.

Mr Gravestein, 30, returned home from a 4WD show in Brisbane with his partner, Emma Burton, to find Gadd and his accomplice in his Little Mountain house.

The house was in darkness and when Mr Gravestein went to turn on the kitchen light, he was grabbed from behind.

Gadd pushed Mr Gravestein on the floor and demanded the man's cannabis.

Gadd shot Mr Gravestein in the leg with a pistol.

The bullet went straight through his thigh.

"Yeah, you know we are not mucking around," Mr McCarthy said Gadd claimed.

"We know you have the stuff. Where is the pot and the money?"

Mr McCarthy said Mr Gravestein was scared and got cannabis from the cupboard and handed it over.

Gadd then demanded Mr Gravestein open a safe - containing $1000-$2000 - bolted to the floor in his bedroom.

Gadd told Mr Gravestein he had already been through his house and knew there was a safe, Mr McCarthy said.

In the bedroom, a scuffle broke out between Gadd, the second offender and Mr Gravestein.

During the fight, Gadd's disguise came off his face and Ms Burton recognised him as a friend of her ex-boyfriend.

Mr Gravestein ran out of the house and called for help while Ms Burton took note of Gadd's registration.

Defence barrister Simone Bain said Gadd had a difficult upbringing and moved to Australia from England when he was 1 year old.

His parents left him in Australia when he was 16 and moved back home.

Ms Baine said Gadd lived on the streets as a teenager.

She said he feared being deported and would have to spend up to three years in a detention centre being processed following his release from jail.

Following a previous violent crime conviction, Gadd was warned of the risk of deportation.

Justice James Douglas sentenced Gadd to eight years in jail.

Topics:  home invasion, sunshine coast, supreme court


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