Vi­o­lent rob­bery ac­cused’s guilty plea

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

BIG HAUL: Con­sta­ble Fraser Northey at the Deer­a­gun Po­lice Sta­tion with some of the seized drugs and para­pher­na­lia.

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