Violent robbery accused’s guilty plea
A MAN accused of stabbing a friend in the neck with a sword has pleaded guilty to committing a robbery.
Reece Doyle was charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm after Brody Sawtell was stabbed in the early morning of April 13 in North Ward.
Doyle appeared in Townsville District Court yesterday and was arraigned on unrelated charges committed last year.
He pleaded guilty to committing a robbery with violence in Townsville on August 2 last year.
Doyle also pleaded guilty to stealing a sign from CastleTown Shopping Centre and wilfully damaging a glass sliding door on July 31 last year.
Defence solicitor Helen Armitage said the grievous bodily harm charge was still in magistrates court as police had not yet provided Doyle with a brief.
She said Doyle had been diagnosed with autism “which may explain some of his behaviour in court today”.
Doyle smiled and appeared to chew gum from the dock.
Judge Gregory adjourned the matters for mention on September 8.
BIG HAUL: Constable Fraser Northey at the Deeragun Police Station with some of the seized drugs and paraphernalia.