Notorious ‘bully boy' behind bars

Police investigating one of the local incidents attributed to Terry Brennan.
Police investigating one of the local incidents attributed to Terry Brennan. File

CONVICTED criminal Terry James Brennan has been sentenced to five years in jail for the string of offences he committed during his reign as the "Coffs bully boy".

For years Brennan used stand- over tactics to force employees and family members into carrying out violent attacks and dirty work for dodgy insurance claims.

Following a fire he planned at local business Sign it Up Australia, Brennan threatened to kill his own son after word spread the arson attack may have been an insurance job.

His antics left a trail of destruction in the Coffs Harbour community but just when he thought he would get away with it, Brennan was arrested and charged with 12 separate offences.

Brennan had originally pleaded not guilty to the charges but when faced with the overwhelming evidence police had against him, he admitted defeat.

At every court appearance since he has showed visible emotion. During sentencing yesterday morning Judge Flannery noted Brennan's offending had been aggravated by careful planning and the emotional harm caused to victims.

His only saving grace was the integral role he had played in the conviction of his older brother who was jailed for the murder of his wife and child in North Queensland last year.

In what the Crown Prosecutor described as "exceptional circumstances", Brennan was shown leniency for the evidence he provided to police in the lead up to his brother's court case.

Brennan will be eligible for parole in November next year.

Topics:  bully, court, criminal, jail, prison



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