Robbery lookout jailed

A YOUTH who stood lookout while his mates performed an armed robbery with violence was sentenced to three years jail in Gladstone District Court yesterday.

Jeffrey Lee Palo, 18, pleaded guilty to wilful damage, assault causing bodily harm in company, unlawful use of motor vehicle, attempted unlawful use of motor vehicle and armed robbery with violence in company along with four counts of breach of bail and obstruct a police officer.

On October 23 last year Palo and a co-offender broke into two cars parked for sale, smashing the windows and damaging the ignition. On October 30 last year Palo and a co-offender had an argument with a man at Tannum Sands. They threw an item at the man’s car causing a dent and a smashed rear window before assaulting the man, punching him in the face and head many times.

On November 15 last year two men wearing hoods robbed a convenience store with a knife, demanding cash and cigarettes.

Palo acted as a lookout for the men and hid the money after the robbery. Judge Tutt said all of Palo’s actions were deemed as serious offences by the court.

“It was a potentially dangerous act throwing an item at a car but then you assaulted him as well, you must have an extremely low mentality,” Judge Tutt said.

“As for the damage to the two cars you have an obvious contempt for other people’s property,” he said.

“As for the robbery you played a less passive part than your co-offenders but you still willingly participated in an armed robbery.

“You are beginning to acquire a significant criminal history and if you don’t stop you will waste your life in prison.”

Palo was sentenced to three years jail for armed robbery, two years jail for assault and six months jail each for wilful damage and unlawful use of vehicles, all to be served concurrently.

As Palo had already spent nine months in jail pre-sentence he was released on parole yesterday.



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