Farmer threatened to rape men, feed them to pigs

WHAT was intended to be peaceful hunting trip to a friend's property near Millmerran turned into a terrifying ordeal for two men from the coast.

The men, aged 20 and 26 at the time, had loaded up their utility with hunting equipment, two dogs and rifles for the trek west on March 17 last year, Toowoomba District Court heard.

However, as they drove past the free range pig farm of Justin Colin Mawer and Amber Courtney Mawer, both 37, west of Millmerran, one of their dogs had jumped from the ute and chased after a pig on the couple's property.

Hearing a pig in distress, the Mawers emerged from the house in their underwear, Mr Mawer armed with a rifle, Crown prosecutor Kathleen Millican told the court.

Mr Mawer shot at the dog, prompting the two men and their dogs to get back into their utility and drive off.

However, they soon realised they were being followed by a red sedan driven by Mrs Mawer with Mr Mawer holding a rifle in the passenger seat.

Mrs Mawer overtook the victims' car, forcing them to stop.

Both Mawers got out of their car, Mrs Mawer yelling "You f***ing poachers, you put your dog on my property, you're f***ed now", Ms Millican said.

Mr Mawer pointed the gun at the pair, demanding they get out of their car, telling them he knew a lot of bikies on the coast who would be visiting them.

He then threatened to hang both men by their wrists in his cold room overnight before killing them and feeding them to his pigs, she said.

Mr Mawer struck both men with the butt of his rifle, punched each a number of times and threatened to rape them.

He fired a shot into and deflated one of the tyres on the victims' utility, giving them 20 minutes to change the tyre and get out or he'd kill them, the court heard.

After breaking the stock of the rifle when striking one of the men, Mr Mawer demanded money for the damage and was handed $130 by his victims.

The Mawers had then taken the men's two hunting dogs which they kept on their property until police took them a couple of days later.

Judge Sarah Bradley noted by reports handed to the court both victims had been significantly affected by the ordeal and both had since been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

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The Mawes pleaded guilty to their respective roles in the event which lasted one hour.

The court heard the couple had moved from the Gold Coast to run the free range pig farm in 2008.

In the months leading up to the incident, they had lost 37 pigs to poachers and dog attacks and believed the two men to be poachers.

It had been Mr Mawer's intention to simply scare them off, his barrister Tony Kimmins submitted.

Judge Bradley said the event had clearly been a "terrifying experience for the two men".

Amber Mawer was sentenced to 12 months jail, but released on immediate parole and disqualified from driving for nine months.

Justin Mawer had served 98 days in custody after his arrest which was declared time served under his sentence.

He was sentenced to 30 months' jail, to be released on parole on March 1 next year after having served a total 10 months in jail.



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