Petrol station robber sentenced to eight years jail

INSTEAD of squaring his drug debts with honest work, Darren James Hobson decided to rob a Rockhampton petrol station and set fire to a car.

His decisions have landed him in jail once again, this time for an eight-year sentence.

Hobson pleaded guilty in the Gladstone District Court on Thursday to all charges.

He will be eligible for parole on November 15, 2015.

On August 30, 2013, Hobson's mobile phone was located in the vicinity of a car on fire on Bracewell Rd, Mount Larcom.

Following investigation, the defendant was observed with burn marks to his arms only a few days later.

He was granted bail, only to rob a petrol station in Rockhampton three months later.

At 9.30pm on November 26 of the same year, Hobson walked into Choice Petroleum on Thozet Rd, North Rockhampton.

Concealing his face with a Harley Davidson rider's mask emblazoned with white skull, Hobson threatened a female attendant with a replica handgun.

Phone records reveal the day before the hold up, Hobson had spoken to a friend in a frantic manner, claiming "I need to get some money, I need to find a way to get some money".

Hobson's defence counsel stated he was afraid his drug suppliers "were going to do a run-in on his family".

The court heard Hobson was stuck hopelessly in a environment littered with drugs.

Hobson pocketed $853.55 from the robbery.

Upon exiting the petrol station, Hobson touched the glass door.

Following questioning, he claimed he had not visited the service station for several weeks.

Documentation revealed otherwise when it was proven the doors had been cleaned two days prior to the incident.

A five and a half year sentence to imprisonment and a two and a half year sentence for imprisonment will be served concurrently, with pre-sentence custody taken into consideration.



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