Andrews

Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Andrews
Christian Names: Peter James
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: 182270
Service: ARMY
Branch: Failed Recruit Training
Commencement of service: Jul 82
Completion of service: Apr 83
Case Notes:

 

 

 

182270 Peter James Andrews is a liar and a fraud who embellished his military service to help avoid a conviction of rioting and a possible gaol sentence.

On the 19th December, 2013, Andrews appeared before Mr John McGrath, Stipendiary Magistrate at the BrisbaneMagistrates Court in respect to a charge of rioting in the Broadbeach bikie brawl in September, 2013. He was then currently a member of the Bandidos bikie gang at the time of the riot and he pleaded guilty to the charge.

He had been clearly photographed at the riot by CCTV footage wearing a black Bandidos vest with a black shirt with letters 'SYLB" (Support your local Bandidos.)

In answer to the charge that the Magistrate later referred to as "a terrifying incident and chilling to watch the video", Andrews was represented by Solicitor Mr Domenic Keim of Guest Lawyers, Brisbane at the Court Hearing.

According to newspaper reports, Mr Keim, who was acting on instructions from Andrews, informed the Court that Andrews had served in the Australian Army for six years, was a former soldier of the SAS (Special Air Service Regiment), and had been on tours of duty with the Military with a stint in Somalia.

He also informed the Magistrate that Andrews had been part of the Rural Fire Brigade.

There were further submissions by Mr Keim of alleged hardship experienced by Andrews at the proceedings and the fact that he had only been a Bandido member for a few months.

These submissions would no doubt be taken into account when the Magistrate Mr John McGrath determined the appropriate action. In sentencing Andrews, Mr McGrath stated "that it defies logic why a person at Andrews stage in life - with his family responsibilities - would associate with the Bandidos. It is a disgraceful effort for those involved."

Notwithstanding the "terrifying incident", the "chilling" video and the appropriate strongly worded summation by the Magistrate, Andrews was sentenced to only 100 hours community service and no conviction recorded.

Andrews could certainly have counted himself lucky.

However, following the above publicity from the Brisbane Courier-Mail, the Ninemsn release and the Gold Coast Bulletin, we were contacted by a former soldier who knew Andrews when he enlisted and commenced Recruit Training at Kapooka, Wagga Wagga in July, 1982.

It seems that Andrews is not, and never was, the crack SASR Special Forces Somalia Veteran with multiple tours, that the Court was led to believe.

In fact, he did not finish Army Recruit Training.

Andrews is a polished con man. He tells lies whenever it suits him, and he does not mind who he tells them to.

It seems that Peter James Andrews enlisted in the Australian Army in July, 1982. He was discharged nine months later in April, 1983. The reason - He was not suited to be a soldier. He failed Recruit Training and was not suitable for any of the hundreds of jobs that the Army have on offer.

It was a parting of the ways and the Australian Army were the winners.

Andrews actions were aptly described by the Magistrate as a disgrace. In our summation he is more than a disgrace. He is a low life liar and a fraud. To try and take the glory of our elite Special Air Service Regiment and in particular our Somalia veterans is nothing short of treachery. Andrews would not have made lunch time of Day 1, SASR training. He could not even complete Recruit Training.

Members of the SASR would be horrified knowing that this idiot dressing and acting as a Bandido outlaw gang member, used their good name to extricate himself from the seriousness of the charge that he was facing at Court.

Andrews is not on the roll of Somalia veterans, he has never been a member of the Special Air Service Regiment, he was never a trooper and he certainly did not do any tours with the Military.

We wonder if the Magistrate would have been so lenient with Andrews if he knew he was being lied to in the submissions placed before him.

We wonder if Mr Keim, Solicitor , took any action to verify any of the baloney he was fed by Andrews before he made submissions to the Court.

On their website, Mr Keim was praised by Guest Lawyers Brisbane, his employers, as "obtaining an excellent result for his client, a former prospective member of the Bandidos involved in the so called Broadbeach brawl."

We wonder what measures are in place to prevent this type of occurrence continually happening in our Justice system. Andrews is not the first and certainly will not be the last to claim meritorious military service when in fact he had nothing of the sort.

Ian Crowden at www.anzmi.net is a Commanchero bikie listed on this site for almost identical circumstances of claiming false army service to have his sentence reduced.

We wonder who actually has responsibility for what evidence is placed before the Court in situations like this, to prevent a miscarriage of Justice. Surely Mr John McGrath Stipendiary Magistrate will feel a little let down.

Had Andrews been required to enter the witness box and swear an oath to tell the truth regarding his military service antecedents, he would have committed perjury. His claims had never been verified.

We wondered if this matter would ever be reviewed.

Well it has. We contacted the relevant authorities in Brisbane and expressed our disappointment that a fake SASR soldier convinced his legal representative and the Magistrates Court that his antecedents included false SASR service and voluntary Rural Fire Brigade Service.

We were unable to expose this matter before now, as the case was placed before the court again following Andrews being charged by the Queensland Police with "perverting the course of justice." The matter had become subjudice (before the courts consideration.)

The matter has now been finalised and we are able to publish the facts -;
 

The below mentioned extract is from the Gold Coast Bulletin dated the 3 September 2014.


The below mentioned article is an extract from the Queensland Central News dated the 3 September, 2014.


Man pays price after lying about SAS duty to magistrate

Adam Davies | 3rd Sep 2014 1:45 PM

A QUEENSLAND man who told a magistrate he was a former special air service soldier and rural firie has been jailed for 15 months after it was revealed nothing was further from the truth.

Peter James Andrews, 51, faced Brisbane Magistrates Court last December after becoming involved in the infamous bikie brawl on the Gold Coast.

Andrews, who was in fact a used car salesman, pleaded guilty to a charge of riot after admitting playing a minor role in the Broadbeach brawl on September 27 which sparked Queensland's bikie crackdown.

The court heard at the time he had been a probationary member of a criminal motorcycle gang for just a few months after the collapse of his marriage.
He has since cut all ties with the club.

It was submitted on his behalf that he was a former SAS solider who had completed tours in Somalia and Bougainville as well as being a member of the Queensland Rural Fire Service where he battled blazes near Tenterfield in Northern NSW.
He was subsequently sentenced to 100 hours community service and no convictions were recorded.

But it was all a ruse.

Andrews pleaded guilty today in the Brisbane District Court to attempting to pervert the course of justice and falsely representing to be a returned soldier.
Crown Prosecutor Michael Connolly told the court Andrews had deliberately misled the sentencing magistrate.

"This was deliberate. It was not an error or a mistake," he said.

"For what reason he did this still remains unknown."

Defence barrister Malcolm Harrison said the father-of-three had worked for the past three decades as a truck driver but had changed careers shortly before his arrest.

He said what affect Andrews' claims had on the sentencing magistrate remained unclear.

Judge Kieran Dorney sentenced Andrews to 15 months behind bars saying the offences were serious and struck at the heart of the judicial system.
"Army records show you enlisted but were discharged after being found not suitable to be a soldier," he said.

"You were a member of the rural fire service more than a decade ago."

Judge Dorney ordered the 224 days Andrews had served behind bars as time already served and ordered he be released on immediate parole.

As stated Stipendiary Magistrate John McGrath must feel a little let down after being told lies about Andrew's false antecedents. However, Judge Kieran Dorney has now handed Andrews an appropriate sentence that may deter Andrews from claiming false military service again the next time he is arrested.

Andrews is described as a "Trainee Car Salesman". (Courier-Mail)

Maybe you will get the opportunity to purchase a car from him one day. Make sure you check under the bonnet to verify that it has an engine in it!!

Peter James Andrews has well and truly earned his place on this site.

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