Servo armed robber jailed
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.