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Gold Coast meth addict Liam Maxwell who killed flatmate's service dog Oliver is jailed

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Meth addict who threw his flatmate’s adorable service dog named Oliver into a wall so hard it splattered blood over the ceiling, floor and curtains is jailed

  • Liam Brandon Maxwell killed his flatmate’s four-year-old service dog last year
  • Owner Chantelle Astin said her happiness and hop were taken with pup’s death
  • Maxwell has since moved to Brisbane to escape ‘drug culture’ and death threats 
  • The judge ordered Maxwell be released on parole after serving three months

A drug addict has been jailed after killing his flatmate’s four-year-old Maltese cross service dog Oliver in a ‘senseless, violent and frankly frightening act’.

Liam Brandon Maxwell killed the animal by throwing him across a living room with such force that he slammed into the roof or wall in the Surfers Paradise home on February 8 last year.

The 24-year-old was sentenced in the Brisbane District Court on Tuesday after earlier pleading guilty to one count of serious animal cruelty.

Service pup Oliver was killed by meth addict Liam Brandon Maxwell last year and found in a pool of blood after being thrown against the wall

Service pup Oliver was killed by meth addict Liam Brandon Maxwell last year and found in a pool of blood after being thrown against the wall

‘This was a senseless, violent and frankly frightening act,’ Judge Rowan Jackson said.

Police found blood splattered on the roof, walls, floor and curtains, and pooled around Oliver who was dead on the floor.

‘He would have experienced extreme emotional distress and fear as he was being traumatised,’ Judge Jackson added.

Oliver’s death had a ‘profound effect’ on owner Chantelle Astin, who got him to help with her anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

‘She describes having lost time, motivation, peace, happiness and hope,’ Judge Jackson said.

The court was told Maxwell is an addict who ‘responds very badly’ when using drugs, has difficulty managing anger and has had very serious mental health issues since his early teens.

He first used marijuana at the age of 14, but meth had become his drug of choice.

Owner Chantelle Astin said she got Oliver to help with her anxiety and PTSD and has been robbed of her happiness and hope since his death

Owner Chantelle Astin said she got Oliver to help with her anxiety and PTSD and has been robbed of her happiness and hope since his death

At the time he killed Oliver, Maxwell had been on probation for six months after being convicted for assaulting a person over 60 in 2017.

He had punched the complainant, continuing after the man fell to the ground.

Since killing Oliver, Maxwell has moved to Brisbane to remove himself from the Gold Coast drug culture, his barrister James McNab told the court.

He and his family have received death threats online since the incident.

Judge Jackson said Maxwell seemed to need a ‘significant amount of supervision’.

He sentenced him to two years and six months behind bars, but ordered he be released on parole after serving three months.

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