Crimes that made Gladstone headlines in 2015

FROM senseless murder to drug rings and child rapists, Gladstone news had it's fair share of depravity this year. 

And then there was the dopey gnome who had police waiting in hiding for drug dealers. 

These were the nine most read crime stories of Gladstone in 2015:

1

Senior sergeant Adrian Brock at the fatal stabbing in South Gladstone. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Senior sergeant Adrian Brock at the fatal stabbing in South Gladstone. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA041215FATL

The fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Gladstone man Justin Chapman at a south Gladstone home shocked the community on Friday, December 4.

2

Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

This week a man in a black ute terrorised Gladstone roads in a crime spree that spanned Christmas and Boxing Day. After leading police on a chase through dense mangroves and bushland behind his mother's house, he disappeared. He is still on the run. Police have since released a photo of a man wanted in relation to the incident. 

3

Gradey Fraser Gill has been convicted in the District Court for attempting to groom a girl under 16 for sex.
Gradey Fraser Gill has been convicted in the District Court for attempting to groom a girl under 16 for sex. Campbell Gellie

Gladstone brick labourer Gradey Fraser Gill, 21, came before the courts this year pleading guilty to grooming a 15-year-old girl for sex. Police only became aware of the matter when they searched the girl's phone on an unrelated matter and found explicit text messages. Gill was handed a suspended sentence and a two-year good behaviour bond in December.  

 

4

Missing bull terrier Ned
Missing bull terrier Ned

Gladstone joined in a statewide hunt for bull terrier Ned, who disappeared in suspicious circumstances. 

Police have since charged a man in relation to the incident, but the bull terrier is still missing. A Facebook page continues to drive support in the search for Ned. 

 

5

Turkey Beach rigger Matthew Jermanus (front) leaves Gladstone Courthouse with his father and a friend. A Jury found him not guilty of assault causing bodily harm to his former boss Leonard Potter at a work Christmas party for JB Scaffolding and Rigging.
Turkey Beach rigger Matthew Jermanus (front) leaves Gladstone Courthouse with his father and a friend. A Jury found him not guilty of assault causing bodily harm to his former boss Leonard Potter at a work Christmas party for JB Scaffolding and Rigging. Ross Irby

TURKEY Beach rigger Matthew Jermanus tried to avoid a fight with his boss at a drunken Christmas party, a District Court trial heard in September. Jermanus was later found not guilty by the jury. 

 

6

Geez, I must be Dopey, the geocached gnome that caused a stir with Gladstone Police on Thursday morning after a witness reported seeing something suspicious.
Geez, I must be Dopey, the geocached gnome that caused a stir with Gladstone Police on Thursday morning after a witness reported seeing something suspicious. Campbell Gellie

Police were expecting to find a drug stash in this container, but found a dopey gnome instead.

A witness reported two men were concealing a suspicious object in bushland around Lake Callemondah on Thursday morning, before jumping back into their car and driving off. Police officers arrived on the scene and parked their cars out of sight, waiting for the Criminal Investigation Branch to arrive.

 

7

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In June a Brisbane court decided a Gladstone caravan park would be the new home for an accused child rapist.

A 66-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been travelling across Australia in a caravan with his wife for the past year until he was charged with raping a girl under 14 years old multiple times in the 1970s and '80s. He was granted bail on the condition that he stay in Gladstone and report to police weekly.

 

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A former Gladstone financial planner was banned from providing financial services in March after stealing nearly $1.5 million from his clients. Lewis Fellowes, a former president of the Rotary Club of Gladstone, provided financial advice from 1995 until 2009 in Gladstone, while manager of Patersons Securities Limited.

 

9

BIG BUST: Some of the drugs seized by Warwick police during a six-month operation targeting the Rose City’s drug supply network.
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Police declared the drug ice an epidemic in Gladstone in April. The comments come after a man admitted to a Gladstone court earlier in the week that he had stolen goods to the value of $21,000 to fuel his ice addiction, while another raid on an Elizabeth St residence found drug-making ingredients.