Vicious Toowoomba killer exposed
JOHN Brian Woodman brutally murdered three people and, with his mate Scott Geoffrey Maygar, repeatedly raped a teenage mother yet he could be back on our streets by the time he is 31.
And The Chronicle has pushed to have this vicious killer named.
Today we publish the teenage killer's name and an exclusive photograph of the triple murderer.
Woodman, who turns 18 this week, was sentenced to life imprisonment after pleading guilty to the murders of Michael Thompson, 30, and 17-year-olds David Lyons and Tyson Wilson at Mr Thompson's North Toowoomba flat on May 30, 2005.
The victims were beaten to death with metal poles and Mr Thompson was also brutalised with a hammer.
The group had been partying at the flat and some had been drinking, yet no clear motive for the brutal slayings has ever been revealed.
Woodman and Maygar, 20, both from Rockhampton, also repeatedly raped a 19-year-old woman who was staying with her toddler son at the flat on the corner of Hume and North streets that night.
Although a juvenile at the time of the horrific crime, and sentenced as a juvenile, Justice James Douglas invoked rare legislation to permit the public naming of Woodman after he found the crimes to be particularly heinous.
The month appeal period following his sentence in Toowoomba Supreme Court on March 2 finished at midnight last night permitting his name to be published in the absence of any late appeal yesterday.
Just 16 at the time of the triple murder, Woodman will serve a minimum of 15 years, after which time he could be released on parole.
He has already served almost two years of his sentence.
Maygar, who pleaded guilty to the murders of Mr Thompson and David Lyons, as well as the manslaughter of Tyson Wilson and four counts of rape against the young woman, will serve a minimum of 20 years.
Attorney-General Kerry Shine is to appeal the leniency of the 20-year term for Maygar's murders which occurred in Mr Shine's electorate.
The Attorney-General is also awaiting advice from the DPP on whether to appeal the sentence handed down to the second juvenile who pleaded guilty to Mr Thompson's murder and to interfering with the corpse of David Lyons.
That juvenile, a Toowoomba teenager 16 at the time of the murders, will serve just five years detention of a 10-year term and is expected to be released back into the community as early as 2010.