Jailed for stealing drug cash
A DEVONPORT burglar identified on a police photoboard after stealing $5000 in drug money has been jailed for at least 10 months.
In September last year, Dane Ronald Pyke and another man knocked on the door of a 21-year-old man.
When he answered, one of the men punched him in the face, causing him to stumble backwards, before the pair entered the unit and demanded the victim’s wallet, the Supreme Court of Tasmania was told.
The pair punched the man between 10 and 20 times and choked him before running off with his phone and $5000 in cash.
About two weeks later, he partly identified Pyke from a photo-board before his DNA was detected on a swab taken from the victim’s neck.
Justice Robert Pearce did not make a compensation order for the stolen money because the Crown said it was the “proceeds of drug trafficking”.
Pyke was sentenced to 20 months’ jail. He will not be eligible for parole until he has served half his sentence.