Man jailed for holding a video store clerk at knifepoint
A MAN has been jailed for holding a terrified video store clerk at knifepoint at the Pialba Blockbuster.
Joel Geoffrey Wilkinson used a stolen pushbike to flee the scene where he had demanded the attendant hand over more than $1000 in cash on June 13, this year.
Wilkinson also told the clerk he had HIV.
It was the second time the 28-year-old had robbed a Blockbuster armed with a knife.
But, it was the first time he was flying high on methylamphetamine, or ice.
Wilkinson pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay District Court yesterday to armed robbery with violence.
Crown prosecutor Clare Hurley said after the incident, the clerk at the video store was unable to work his rostered shifts for that weekend.
The financial loss meant he was unable to pay rent and bills and had to take out a loan in order to do so.
Wilkinson was captured on CCTV footage and the clerk identified him in a photo board.
Defence barrister Lars Falcongreen said Wilkinson had a long standing problem with alcohol which he had been unable to kick.
He said on the day of the robbery he had a fight with his partner and went to talk to an uncle who gave him his first taste of dangerous drug, ice.
Judge Sarah Bradley said it was concerning that Wilkinson had been caught on a number of occasions carry a knife in a public place.
She said it was also concerning the very threatening manner he used the knife during the robbery.
"You held it as if you were about to punch the complainant," she said.
"You reportedly demanded more money.
"When he gave you money you asked for more."
Ms Bradley condemned his actions.
"It is no excuse to say you had a bad day and you were drunk or were on methylamphetamine."
She said although no direct victim impact statement was tendered in court, the attendant at the shop must have been terrified.
Ms Bradley sentenced Wilkinson to three and a half years prison with a parole eligibility date of November 30, 2016.