Members of the Maryborough RSL Sub-branch discuss the outcomes of the case against convicted military fake Craig Lenihan. Photo: Alistair Brightman
Members of the Maryborough RSL Sub-branch discuss the outcomes of the case against convicted military fake Craig Lenihan. Photo: Alistair Brightman

Vets thrilled at military fake’s conviction

A MARYBOROUGH war veteran who spent 24 years in the air force still looks up to the sky when he hears an aeroplane or helicopter overhead.

Peter Daetz said he was proud to serve his country and enjoyed doing so.

Mr Daetz was among those who yesterday wore their service decorations to Maryborough Magistrates Court where Craig Michael Lenihan was sentenced after pleading guilty to falsely representing to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman.

Peter Daetz outside Maryborough Courthouse. Photo: Alistair Brightman
Peter Daetz outside Maryborough Courthouse. Photo: Alistair Brightman

The Maryborough RSL Club general manager was fined $750.

He also copped a $250 fine for a drug-related offence.

That conviction was not recorded.

Mr Daetz said those who protested were thrilled the matter had been finalised.

“I was upset when the allegations were made,” he said.

Angry veterans protested at the courthouse during all of Lenihan’s appearances.

Phil McIntyre said he was pleased the matter was over.

“This went on for too long,” he said.

Phil McIntyre reacts to the sentence handed to Maryborough RSL Club general manager Craig Lenihan. Photo: Alistair Brightman
Phil McIntyre reacts to the sentence handed to Maryborough RSL Club general manager Craig Lenihan. Photo: Alistair Brightman

Jason Scanes said the conviction was a good outcome and hoped the RSL could move forward.

Jason Scanes hopes the Maryborough RSL Club will now be able to move forward. Photo: Alistair Brightman
Jason Scanes hopes the Maryborough RSL Club will now be able to move forward. Photo: Alistair Brightman

Ex-serviceman Shaun Kenny had a similar view.

He said the whole ordeal had caused much distress.

Ex-serviceman Shaun Kenny. Photo: Alistair Brightman
Ex-serviceman Shaun Kenny. Photo: Alistair Brightman

Meanwhile, Maryborough RSL Sub-branch president George Mellick said the board would meet to review the situation and its responsibilities as an employer.

Mr Mellick reaffirmed Lenihan’s service background was not a requirement for his role of general manger of the RSL’s club operations.

Lenihan has been on stress leave since November.

Protesting members of the Maryborough RSL Sub-branch gather outside Maryborough Courthouse. Photo: Alistair Brightman
Protesting members of the Maryborough RSL Sub-branch gather outside Maryborough Courthouse. Photo: Alistair Brightman


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