News

Taxi basher has until end of week to hand himself in

Convicted taxi basher Nathan Levy will be jailed for four months after a successful appeal by the Attorney General.
Convicted taxi basher Nathan Levy will be jailed for four months after a successful appeal by the Attorney General. Contributed

A YOUNG thug, who thought he had escaped jail over the brutal bashing of a Hervey Bay taxi driver, will be locked up following an appeal by the Queensland Attorney General.

On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal issued a warrant for the arrest of 19-year-old Nathan Levy after finding the original sentence - 30 months with immediate parole - was "manifestly inadequate".

Levy had been celebrating his friend Steve Drobny's 19th birthday when the pair refused to pay a $7.90 taxi fare on the night of July 6, last year.

Their driver, 64-year-old Charles Naja, had warned he would drive them to the police station when he was tackled to the ground and repeatedly kicked and punched all over his body.

Left lying in the foetal position, Mr Naja eventually got up and drove himself to the Hervey Bay Hospital.

Scans revealed he had suffered several fractures to his face and skull which were causing seizures and "terrible pain".

Permanent screws and metal plates were inserted into his face during surgery.

Both offenders were charged with grievous bodily harm but when their day in court came, Levy was allowed immediate parole while Drobny escaped with a community service order.

Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie launched an appeal against both sentences.

While the court dismissed the appeal against Drobny on the grounds his involvement was "limited".

But Justice Phillip Morrison found that in Levy's case, general deterrence for unprovoked, alcohol-fuelled attack, outweighed the considerations otherwise attached to someone of his age.

Levy has been ordered to serve four months in jail.

A warrant will remain on the bench until the end of the week to give Levy the chance to hand himself in.

At the time of going to press, he had not contacted police.

Mr Naja told Channel 7 news that every day he knew his jaw had been broken and was reminded every time he brushed his teeth because he had numbness in his face "which always will remind me of that night".

He said he would have liked Levy to be jailed for longer.

"I mean four months out of a 30-month sentence - I would like to have seen him get half at least," Mr Naja said.

Topics:  attorney general, hervey bay



Will we dodge worst of wild weather on the Fraser Coast?

A Bureau of Meteorology forecast map showing the front which will bring gusty winds and possible showers on Thursday.

Cool weather is expected on Saturday

UPDATE: Asbestos causes havoc for Coast business owners

CLOSED: Pleading for some empathy from the Fraser Coast Council, Raylene and Mick Draper from Coffie Fixx in Adelaide Street, Maryborough, wait for answers on the discovery of asbestos outside their shop.

The business was closed due to asbestos

UPDATE: $200 million PresCare hub set to create 450 jobs

Prescare chief executive Greg Skelton.

The health and aged care services hub would be built in Yaralla St.

Local Partners

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

Disney to remake 'The Lion King', and it's live-action

The Lion King is coming back to movie theatres

And this time it's going to be live-action.

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual