Jail time for Lacey brothers
A JUDGE lashed out at Australia's worsening gun culture as he sentenced a Gold Coast millionaire's sons to jail over a shooting death.
Brisbane Supreme Court judge Glenn Martin yesterday handed a 10-year jail term to Dionne Matthew Lacey, 22, the son of Ken Lacey, for the manslaughter of landscaper Kevin Palmer.
Justice Martin sentenced his brother Jade Michael Lacey, 26, to five years jail after a jury found him guilty of unlawful wounding with intent to maim.
“The carrying of firearms is becoming more frequent in this state and this country,” Justice Martin said during the sentencing hearing.
The Laceys intend to appeal their sentences this week and yesterday issued a public apology to the Palmer family.
“They have always maintained the incident occurred by way of self- defence and they still maintain that,” lawyer Chris Nyst said outside the court.
“They have asked me to acknowledge the tragedy of this event to all concerned, but most particularly to the Palmer family.
However Mr Palmer's father Shane Palmer said no apology would ever bring back his son, who died aged 23.
He urged the Government to introduce tougher gun controls to stop young people believing it was “cool” to be armed.
“They're not cool now. They'll be spending their next 10 years in the big house, and that's where they should stay,” the devastated father said.
“Where are the two guns that killed my child? That's what we want to know.”
Justice Martin directed that Dionne Lacey be deemed a serious violent offender, ensuring he will serve 80 per cent of his sentence.
Jade Lacey will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence.
Mr Palmer, of the Gold Coast, died after being shot in the leg by Jade and the chest by Dionne following an argument at a house party on May 6, 2007.