Rae Wilson

Queen St mall gunman jailed for four and a half years

THE gunman who sent one of Brisbane's busiest streets into lockdown for a 90-minute siege has been jailed for four and a half years.

But Lee Matthew Hillier, 35, will become eligible for parole on September 8 this year, having already served 323 days in custody since the incident on March 8 last year.

The Crown had argued Hillier, who had a history of carrying weapons in public, was a danger to the community and should be sentenced to eight years jail.

They also sought a serious violent offence declaration which would have meant he must serve 80% of his jail term but the judge did not agree.

Judge Terry Martin said the public and police could not have known the gun he was waving was not loaded and that he had no ammunition for it.

But he said he had to sentence Hillier on that basis, also noting the man was in mental turmoil at the time.
Judge Martin said police showed great courage in the way they handed Hillier that day in a busy shopping mall.

"The truth is you caused havoc in the city," he said.

But Judge Martin noted Hillier had inflicted "suffering, loss and inconvenience on members of the community over many years".

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