Un­paid pies spark frenzy

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - RUSTY WOODGER

A DIS­PUTE over two un­paid pies led to a vi­o­lent armed holdup in Newtown.

Jor­dan God­frey was drunk and had a 10cm kitchen knife up his sleeve when he walked into the 7-Eleven store on La­trobe Tce on July 16, 2016.

Al­though he had not planned to rob the store, God­frey launched into a fit of rage and de­manded cash from a store at­ten­dant af­ter be­ing ac­cused of not pay­ing for two pies ear­lier in the day.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty in Gee­long County Court yes­ter­day to at­tempted armed rob­bery.

He also pleaded guilty to sep­a­rate charges of ag­gra­vated bur­glary with in­tent to dam­age prop­erty and com­mit­ting an in­dictable of­fence while on bail.

The court heard God­frey had been taken to Gee­long hos­pi­tal shortly be­fore the 7Eleven in­ci­dent af­ter he was found ly­ing in bushes.

Later that night, about 8.30pm, God­frey en­tered the store and was asked to pay for the two pies.

He re­sponded “Do you know what sort of day I’ve had?” be­fore bran­dish­ing the knife and telling the em­ployee “Open the till. I’m go­ing to take all your money.”

As the worker called for help, God­frey — then 21 — be­came en­raged, smash­ing items in the store and flip­ping dis­play shelves.

He re­mained in the store for up to six min­utes be­fore leav- ing for his home on Saf­fron St, where he was ar­rested.

God­frey spent sev­eral weeks in cus­tody be­fore be­ing bailed, but re­of­fended when he broke in and smashed up a home on Rich­mond Cres on Novem­ber 11, 2016.

The for­mer diesel me­chanic ar­rived at the home shortly af­ter 1am, de­mand­ing to see a woman known to him.

The woman was not there, and the two peo­ple sleep­ing in­side the home re­fused to let the irate Go­drey in­side.

He could be heard say­ing, “If you don’t let me in, I’m go­ing to burn the house down,” be­fore even­tu­ally smash­ing through the front door.

God­frey fled soon af­ter when he was told po­lice were on their way.

No one was in court to sup­port him dur­ing his plea hear­ing yes­ter­day.

God­frey’s lawyer said his client had sig­nif­i­cant men­tal health is­sues and was us­ing ice at the time of the of­fend­ing.

He has al­ready spent more than 11 months in cus­tody and will re­turn to court to­mor­row for sen­tenc­ing.

RAGE: Jor­dan God­frey.

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