Girl robbed at knifepoint
A YOUNG man with a history of robberies has been jailed after stealing $ 200 at knife-point from a 13-year-old girl in a Palm Island ice-cream truck.
Bronson Alexander John Norman, 20, pleaded guilty in the Townsville District Court yesterday to state charges of break and enter with stealing and escaping custody, plus a commonwealth offence of breaching airfield security.
Crown prosecutor Dr Anthony Dillon said on September 11, 2010, the defendant broke into the icecream truck using a knife to jemmy open the lock while his face was covered with a shirt.
However, the owner had left his teenage daughter inside while he went on an errand. ‘‘ The girl stood in front of the till and he reached his hands behind her . . . but his shirt came loose and she recognised him as someone she knew,’’ Dr Dillon said.
The prosecutor said the offender was a previous customer who had been served twice that day and even remarked to the owner ‘‘ this truck must make thousands of dollars’’.
The father returned to find $ 200 missing and his daughter in tears.
Pol i c e f o und t he d e f e ndant nearby but on September 15, while at the Palm Island aerodrome to be transported to the Townsville Correctional Centre, Norman ran off when a police officer let go of his shackled hands to put the defendant’s bag in the plane. The defendant was found 10 days later and the handcuffs were missing.
D e f e n c e l a w y e r V i v i a n n a Keegan conceded her client’s history was lengthy involving break- ins across Palm Island and Townsville. However, she said most offences occurred over a few days in May 2010, during a ‘‘ crime spree’’.
Ms Keegan said her client, who had been drinking since he was 13 years old, was intoxicated at the time. ‘‘ He thought the van was empty and he was only intending to get more alcohol,’’ she said.
Judge Stuart Durward s ai d Norman had a bad history for someone so young and ‘‘ owed’’ his family better than simply being an inmate.
‘‘ People are fed up with young men like you breaking into homes, business and public utilities.’’
Norman was given a parole release date of November 4, 2011, after being handed concurrent sentences of two years for break and enter with stealing and three months for escaping custody.
He was ordered to pay back the $ 200 stolen from the ice-cream truck and $ 264 for the handcuffs.