Eight years for Ennis

A man who shot towardspolice to escape arrest has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
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The crime was one of several committed by Graham John Ennisduring six days on the run in 2015.

EIGHT YEARS: Graham John Enniss was sentenced to eight years by Justice Michael Brett.

Appearing on Thursday afternoon via video link in the Supreme Court, in Burnie, Justice Michael Brett sentenced Ennis for crimes includingaggravated assault and assaulting a police officer.

On November 14, Ennisbroke into a home at Black River and stole two firearms.

Two days later, police visited the home of Ennis’ mother to arrest him, but he sped away as they approached the house. Hewas disqualified from driving at the time.

Three days later, afarmer stopped to investigate when he spotted Ennis running towards a plantation.

Ennisturned at pointed a shortened rifle at the farmer, gesturing for him to leave the area.

On November 18, Ennis forced his way into a shack at Crayfish Creek, but left without issuewhen confronted by the owner.

The next day he broke into another home on the same property, and was confronted by the owner as he was leaving.

Ennis was carrying a shotgun,and told the owner he believed police would shoot him when they caught him.

Later that day, Ennis threatened a female who cycled past his stationary car by making a “throat-slitting” gesture.

A short time later, she saw his vehicle parked in the driveway of her dairy farmand alerted police.

Several officers travelled to the dairy farm to apprehendEnnis, but beforetheir arrival, Ennisbrokeinto a shed, forced open a gun safe and stole arifle and ammunition.

Four police officers in two vehicles arrived andapproached Ennis’ vehicle, but he again drove away.

The officers followed, and after travelling a short distance, Ennis stopped, got out of the car and pointed a rifle at the approaching police.

The officers got out of their vehicle and attempted to take cover, as Ennis fired a shot. He got back into his car andescaped onto the Bass Highway.

Police had placed spikes along the highway, but Ennis saw the spikes as he was approaching. He turned and drove the opposite direction, followed by two officers in an unmarked van.

Enniss braked suddenly before reversing at speed into the van.

Believing they were in danger, the officers exited the van, but Ennisstopped his car a few metres away.

The police drew firearms and Ennis was arrested.

In sentencing, JusticeBrett described Ennis’ criminal record as “appalling.”

“You commit offences, go to prison, come out, commit more offences and go back into prison,” he said.

Justice Brett said Ennis’ guilty pleas to most of the charges served as a mitigating factor in sentencing.

Enniswill not be eligible for parole until 2021.

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