No jail for leg­less rob­ber

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - NATASHA EMECK

A 24-YEAR-OLD woman, who robbed a dou­ble am­putee in Dar­win’s CBD, push­ing him from his wheel­chair and leav­ing him ly­ing on the street, has walked free.

An­gela Wood, 24, was handed a sus­pended jail sen­tence of 13 months in the Supreme Court for rob­bing a man with two am­pu­tated legs on Oc­to­ber 11, 2018.

The court heard Wood at­tacked the dis­abled man as he was wheel­ing down the foot­path out­side the Wool­worths Shop­ping Cen­tre hold­ing some gro­ceries.

While he was wait­ing to cross the street, Wood walked up be­hind him and lunged for his be­long­ings, In the en­su­ing strug­gle, the wheel­chair was pushed over and the vic­tim was thrown on to the bi­tu­men.

He suf­fered cuts and abra­sions to his arm and el­bows.

Af­ter the el­derly man had fallen, Wood and an­other woman took two casks of wine, two bot­tles of Ga­torade, a packet of to­bacco and $80 cash from him. The women ran away to the To­maris Court flats, where they started drink­ing with two other friends.

The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice and about an hour later, Wood was lo­cated and ar­rested.

The court heard the 24year-old had re­cently been con­victed for tres­pass and steal­ing for the role she played in an in­ci­dent in July, where a group of wannabe am­a­teur butch­ers hacked off the leg of a live cow in a cat­t­le­yard out­side Dar­win.

Chief Jus­tice Michael Grant re­leased Wood on a sus­pended sen­tence, on the con­di­tion that she com­plete a three-month re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram at the Sun­rise Cen­tre.

“De­spite your crim­i­nal record and your present age, I con­sider that you are still en­ti­tled to the le­niency that would be af­forded to a youth­ful of­fender with no prior his­tory of vi­o­lent of­fend­ing or of­fences of dis­hon­esty,” he said.

“... I re­ally want you to fin­ish this re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram at Sun­rise. When you fin­ish that pro­gram, you need to go some­where – ei­ther Cro­ker or Daly – where you are not go­ing to drink.”

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