Jailed for steal­ing drug cash

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

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.

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