Servo armed rob­ber jailed

Isis Town and Country - - News -

A 30-YEAR-OLD Childers man has been sentenced to four years im­pris­on­ment for his role in an armed rob­bery of the Childers Cal­tex Ser­vice Sta­tion.

Peter Gor­don Ben­nett pleaded guilty in the Bund­aberg Dis­trict Court on Tues­day to armed rob­bery in company after he and another man en­tered the store on March 9 this year and stole $2000 in cash and cig­a­rettes.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Shauna Rank­ine told the court the rob­bery had taken some plan­ning and Ben­nett and his ac­com­plice, who was yet to be iden­ti­fied by po­lice, wore masks to dis­guise their ap­pear­ance.

Miss Rank­ine also sub­mit­ted Ben­nett’s crim­i­nal his­tory and said Ben­nett was on bail for other of­fences when he com­mit­ted the rob­bery.

“This of­fend­ing can­not be said to be iso­lated or out of character,” she said.

Ben­nett had a knife strapped to his leg and de­manded cash from the three fe­male at­ten­dees.

Ms Rank­ine said Ben­nett had de­nied his in­volve­ment dur­ing two po­lice in­ter­views but said the over­whelm­ing case, which in­cluded CCTV footage from another ser­vice sta­tion show­ing Ben­nett wear­ing sim­i­lar shoes to the rob­bery CCTV footage, and DNA ev­i­dence on cloth­ing worn dur­ing the rob­bery, prompted Ben­nett’s guilty plea.

In sen­tenc­ing Ben­nett, Judge Michael Noud said Ben­nett had al­ready served five months in cus­tody, dur­ing which time he missed the birth of his child, a fact which the de­fence ar­gued had served as a sig­nif­i­cant per­sonal de­ter­rent.

But Judge Noud said the of­fend­ing had been se­ri­ous and a lesser term was too le­nient.

Judge Noud said Ben­nett ap­peared to be re­morse­ful and hoped he would con­tinue with his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Ben­nett will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for pa­role in May next year.

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