Former Bandido brandishing 'tomahawk' jailed

A FORMER Bandidos Motorcycle Club official who brandished a tomahawk during a vicious assault in Maroochydore last year has been jailed for two years.

Caboolture man Kenneth James Whittaker was convicted of kicking and punching the owner of a vehicle he had helped steal last November before brandishing the weapon.

The 40-year-old father-of-four was on bail on drug charges when the attack happened.

During a bail application last year, the former Bandidos sergeant-at-arms claimed the tomahawk described by witnesses was actually was "a Polynesian art piece" he was using to defend himself.

Maroochydore District Court was told Whittaker and an accomplice stole a car from the Duporth Tavern car park but were confronted by the 27-year-old owner whom they then "kicked and stomped".

Whittaker has a long criminal history.

In 2007 was sentenced to five years in jail for burning down the Rebels' Brisbane headquarters in retaliation for a roadside attack on Bribie Island.