Meth Addict Pretended To Be Police To Raid Drug User's House
Daniel Thomas stormed the house in Melbourne's east suburbs, before shouting: "This is a police raid. Get on the floor face down. Where are your drugs?"
The two men in the house then handed over their crystal meth and cannabis stash, but Thomas, 36, believed they were withholding some and beat one of them with a hammer until he passed out.
Thomas and a co-accused then said: "We've killed your mate. Now tell us where the drugs are."
As the other victim stirred, he was hit around the head with the hammer and his buttocks were spread to check for drugs.
When the actual police arrived at the bloodied scene, they believed the two men in the house had been killed and began photographing their bodies before one of the men moved.
The 'raid' took place on 25 July 2016, but Thomas was jailed for 11-and-a-half years on Tuesday (3 September) in Victoria's Supreme Court, according to The Age.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and a series of other charges and must serve at least nine years before being eligible for parole.
When police originally tracked down Thomas, he resisted arrest, lunging at an officer with a knife and shouting: "You come near me you f****** dog c*** and I'll stab you in the f****** head and kill you."
Thomas had been injecting a couple of grams of meth (or ice) a day at the time of his arrest, as well as using heroin and cannabis.
He is also almost blind in one eye after being born with a squint and sustaining a head injury, which is believed to have occurred when he was hit over the head with a cricket bat in a road rage incident.
Both of Thomas's victims have been unable to work since the incident and are expected to suffer lifelong complications.
Justice Paul Coghlan refuted Thomas' claim that he attacked them as a retaliation for having done something to his girlfriend.
According to The Age, he said: "The use of police uniforms, the demand for drugs and money repeated on a number of occasions simply put a lie to that explanation.
"Even though I regard your prospects as being fairly bleak, I do not regard them as hopeless."
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