Jail for Bel­mont, South Perth spree

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

A 35-YEAR-OLD man has been sen­tenced to five years and nine months in prison af­ter rob­bing a Bel­mont ser­vice sta­tion then ter­ror­is­ing South Perth shop own­ers with a replica re­volver later that day.

Lewis John Tay­lor faced two charges of armed rob­bery, one of at­tempted armed rob­bery and one of be­ing armed or pre­tend­ing to be armed in a way that may cause fear last Tues­day at the Supreme Court.

At 12.40am on Mon­day, March 19, Tay­lor ap­proached the doors of a Bel­mont ser­vice sta­tion, which did not open au­to­mat­i­cally as it was so late at night.

A woman work­ing be­hind the counter asked him to re­move his hood, then opened the doors.

Tay­lor pro­ceeded to pull a black bal­a­clava over his face as he ap­proached the woman.

She ran to a staff of­fice and pressed a duress alarm to sum­mon po­lice.

The man tried to open the cash drawer and when he was un­suc­cess­ful lev­ered it out with a meat cleaver.

There was $284.25 in the drawer.

At 5.10pm, Tay­lor en­tered a bou­tique at the South Shore Pi­azza in South Perth, where he stole money, cards and pho­tos while staff were stand­ing out of the shop in the al­fresco area.

As he walked by the staff mem­bers, the owner no­ticed some items he was hold­ing and ran back to the shop, where she re­alised what had hap­pened.

The owner fol­lowed Tay­lor into the neigh­bour­ing newsagency, where he sur­ren­dered some layby cards and pho­tos but swore at the woman when she pressed him for the money.

Tay­lor pro­ceeded to point a replica re­volver at the woman and the newsagency owner be­fore flee­ing and re-en­ter­ing the Pi­azza.

He en­tered a hair sa­lon and at­tempted to steal from the cash reg­is­ter, but was wres­tled to the ground by the owner and a cus­tomer be­fore po­lice ar­rived at the scene to ar­rest him.

His de­fence said the man had an ex­ten­sive record of sub­stance abuse and his re­cent meth use had led to a $2000 debt to his dealer, who en­cour­aged him to com­mit of­fences to get the money.

Jus­tice Stephen Hall said Tay­lor had suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant fam­ily trauma in his life and his his­tory was “sad”, but the drug debt was not a mit­i­gat­ing fac­tor, the of­fences had been planned and a num­ber of peo­ple had been in­tim­i­dated.

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