Replica gunman imprisoned
DRUG DEBT THREATS LED TO PHARMACY ROBBERY
at the Shoalwater Shopping Centre.
Kenward and his co-accused were parked in the carpark of the centre before Kenward got out while the other person allegedly waited in the car.
Entering the pharmacy, Kenward was armed with a small black replica handgun as he approached two pharmacy employees. The female manager was confronted by Kenward, who pointed the handgun directly at her while shouting demands for her to open the till.
He continued to shout at her while she went to the till and took about $1700 from it, which she handed to Kenward.
He then fled the store and got in the car, where his co-accused was allegedly waiting to drive him away.
The whole incident was captured on CCTV. Kenward was identified by the footage and arrested on December 12 at the Warnbro Shopping Centre.
He made full admissions after being arrested by detectives that day.
Judge Joseph McGrath said the 29-year-old had co-operated by giving information relating to his offending. He said a pre-sentence report said Kenward’s motivation for the offence was a drug debt that he had been threatened to pay.
“Whilst you expressed empathy towards the victims and remorse, the author of the pre-sentence report was of the view that you failed to recognise how your decisions have led to the current offending… that you had a lack of insight into your behaviour. The pre-sentence report also noted you have a history of substance abuse and negative associations,” he said.
He accepted a letter from Kenward that showed he later accepted the trauma his actions had caused the victims.
“The drug debt is wholly a consequence of your decision to use drugs and certainly is not a factor in mitigation,” he said.
“The offence is serious. The offending was committed on vulnerable workers. The offending was premeditated. You arranged the co-accused as the driver.”
Judge McGrath said personal and general deterrence were taken into account for sentencing.