Prison time for $10 robbery
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.