Prison time for $10 rob­bery

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lucy Smith

A FA­THER of two has been jailed af­ter rob­bing a man of $10 in a fright­en­ing in­ci­dent on Proser­pine’s main street.

Dy­lan Wil­liam Clark­son, 24, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court in Mackay to traf­fick­ing, armed rob­bery in com­pany and pos­sess­ing methy­lam­phetamine.

Crown prose­cu­tor Michael Cowen said the rob­bery took place on the morn­ing of March 29 last year, af­ter Clark­son and an­other man spotted the vic­tim with­draw­ing money from an ATM.

Mr Cowen said Clark­son ap­proached the man, de­manded money from him and asked “where’s my money (ex­ple­tive)?”

Mr Cowen said the vic­tim then went to his friend’s house “to have a cof­fee and calm down”.

The man started walk­ing home when, about 9.20am, Clark­son and his co-of­fender ap­proached him again.

Mr Cowen said the coof­fender said, “Give me the money or I’m go­ing to smash you with this” while in­di­cat­ing a 60cm iron bar in his hand, while Clark­son yelled “give us the money” into the man’s ear.

The com­plainant said he had only $10 and when he took out his wal­let to show the men, Clark­son grabbed the money from it.

Mr Cowen told the court the com­plainant was a “bur­glar” who had “breached a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der”.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Phillip Moore said Clark­son, who has a five-year-old step­son and a one-year-old bi­o­log­i­cal son, had been owed a debt for ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Clark­son was also charged with traf­fick­ing drugs be­tween Septem­ber 19, 2014, and April 8, 2015.

Mr Cowen said a police in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a Whit­sun­day drug deal­ing ring found Clark­son had pur­chased and on-sold methy­lam­phetamine and cannabis.

Mr Cowen said Clark­son on one oc­ca­sion sold an ounce of methy­lam­pheta- mine worth be­tween $10,000 and $11,000.

Clark­son also pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing methy­lam­phetamine, which police found con­cealed in a torch in his un­der­wear in Proser­pine on June 26 last year.

Jus­tice James Henry said it ap­peared Clark­son had be­come in­volved in traf­fick­ing to ser­vice his own drug debts, but told him that was “no ex­cuse”.

On the traf­fick­ing charge, Clark­son was sen­tenced to four years and three months in prison, sus­pended af­ter 12 months.

On the armed rob­bery charge, he was sen­tenced to three years in prison and af­ter 12 months will be re­leased on pro­ba­tion for a pe­riod of two years.

The sen­tences were con­cur­rent and con­vic­tions were recorded.

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