Fake soldier and fireman jailed over lies in court

A QUEENSLAND man who told a magistrate he was a former special air service soldier and rural firefighter 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 that 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.

He was sentenced to 100 hours' community service and no convictions were recorded. But it was all a ruse.

Andrews pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court yesterday to attempting to pervert the course of justice and falsely representing to be a returned soldier.

Crown Prosecutor Michael Connolly said 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."

Judge Kieran Dorney sentenced Andrews to 15 months in jail, saying the offences were serious and struck at the heart of the judicial system.

Judge Dorney ruled the 224 days Andrews had spent behind bars as time already served and ordered his immediate release on parole.