Deal goes wrong
ARMED ROBBERY SENTENCE
A MAN has been given a twoyear suspended sentenced over an armed robbery in Westminster when he threatened a woman with a handgun to pay for methamphetamines.
The pair had earlier agreed to a deal via Facebook.
Supreme Court Judge Joseph McGrath sentenced Matthew James Rice (22) last month to two years jail suspended for 12 months with supervision and programs such as psychological, counselling and substance abuse as indicated by the community corrections officer.
But Judge McGrath suspended the sentence, taking into account Rice’s early guilty plea.
“If you do not offend in the next 12 months and comply with all relevant supervision and program orders, the two years imprisonment will no longer apply for breach purposes,” he said.
Rice went to the woman’s home about 3am on April 14, in response to a lengthy text conversation with the woman about her Facebook request for drugs.
Rice agreed to supply the woman with 1.75g of methamphetamines in exchange for $465.
Once he arrived, he waited for her to bring the cash from inside the house before pointing a small black handgun at her.
She screamed and took several steps backwards towards her house but he stepped forward and pointed the gun close to her head and took the money.
The woman’s partner came to the front door and Rice fled.
He was charged by Mirrabooka Police on April 24.
Judge McGrath said the sentence took into account that Rice had been in custody since April 24.
“The other aspect is that you are committed to the Teen Challenge Rehabilitation Training Centre course, which has a history of success with persons of your background,” he said.
“I wish to give you that opportunity in the community.”