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‘Disgraceful’ bikie associate to be freed

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A young bikie associate involved in an all-out brawl on the Gold Coast is set be released on Christmas Eve.

Joel Votear Leavitt, 20, pleaded guilty to one charge of rioting after taking part in a brawl involving scores of Bandidos bikies outside a Broadbeach restaurant on September 27.

Leavitt was not violent during the incident that proved the catalyst for Queensland’s bikie crackdown, but threatened and swore at rival gang members in public.

Prosecutor Sergeant Sharon Carruthers told the Brisbane Magistrates Court that Leavitt had an appalling history of public offending, including nine convictions for public order offences.

Leavitt’s lawyer Jemma Golding argued he was only young and had reasonable prospects for rehabilitation.

But Magistrate John McGrath said that Leavitt’s behaviour could only described as disgraceful.

“Put simply Mr Leavitt, there’s no place in an orderly society for this sort of mob violence,” he said.

“It can so easily get out of hand, but putting that aside, it causes a great deal of distress to ordinary members of the public who are just simply going about their peaceful business.”

However the court heard Leavitt had reformed since the brawl, changing his mobile number and taking up a hairdressing apprenticeship with his mother’s barber.

Magistrate McGrath took this into account when he ordered Leaviit to four months in prison, to be suspended after 21 days.

He has already been in custody for seven days since his arrest last week, which means he’ll be released on Christmas Eve.

Mr Leavitt smiled when he heard the sentence.

“Mr Leavitt unless you change your attitude you’re going to have a fairly tortured adult life,” Magistrate McGrath warned.

“If you continue to behave in this sort of anti-social way you’re certainly long periods of time in prison, that would be a shame because you’re still only 20.”