Jail term for knife holdups

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

A TOWNSVILLE man who com­mit­ted three armed rob­beries in two days dur­ing a week­end crime spree has been jailed for five years.

Matthew Ed­ward Thomas David­son, 19, robbed a Her­mit Park ser­vice sta­tion and a Cran­brook ser­vice sta­tion at knife­point on Septem­ber 13 last year. The next day he robbed a bot­tle shop in Rail­way Es­tate, threat­en­ing the at­ten­dant with a knife.

David­son was sen­tenced in Townsville Dis­trict Court yesterday for three counts of armed rob­bery.

Crown Pros­e­cu­tor Amanda Payne said a vic­tim im­pact state­ment by the Her­mit Park ser­vice sta­tion at­ten­dant said the rob­bery left him so trau­ma­tised he was forced to quit his job and re­turn to In­dia.

“The knife was held close to his throat,” Ms Payne said. “He was in shock and pan­ick­ing.

“He had one week off work and then re­signed be­cause he was too afraid.”

Co- ac­cused Kaleb John Ryan, 18, was also sen­tenced yesterday to three years in prison for his part in the rob­bery of the bot­tle shop.

Ryan stole bot­tles of Jim Beam while David­son was threat­en­ing the at­ten­dant.

He will be re­leased on pa­role on Septem­ber 8 af­ter serv­ing 287 days in pre- sen­tence cus­tody.

De­fence lawyer Greg Lyn­ham said David­son was on methy­lam­phetamine at the time of the rob­beries.

Judge Clive Wall QC said the rob­beries had caused sig­nif­i­cant dis­tress to the vic­tims.

David­son will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role on May 8 next year af­ter serv­ing 298 days in pre­sen­tence cus­tody.

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