Teen faces court over Indian cafe robbery

THINGS got a bit hot for a Biloela Indian fast food joint when a man armed with a knife entered and demanded cash.

Outside, a drunken 16-year-old boy kept lookout.

The December 16 robbery wasn't the most sophisticated, but it was enough to land the teen in court on Monday.

The boy pleaded guilty this week in the Rockhampton Children's Court to one count of armed robbery and one count of unlawful wounding relating to a separate incident.

His co-accused, a 26-year-old, is allegedly on the run.

The court heard the robbery took place at the Bombay Express Indian cafe about 8.15pm on December 8.

Money was taken from the cash register, but no one was harmed.

Police found the boy hiding behind a power pole.

Judge Paul Smith said he was initially let go, but later handed himself in.

The boy was also charged after he stabbed his father's hand with a bread knife during an argument on May 8 this year.

The court heard he was "blind drunk" at the time.

The stab wound, located between the thumb and forefinger, was not serious.

Judge Smith said the boy was lucky he hadn't killed his father.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said the boy's five older brothers all lived at home.

He said they had a history of getting in trouble.

"One was just released from jail," he said.

Mr Polley said his client was undergoing counselling.

Judge Smith said it was obvious the boy had an anger management problem and poor control at home.

He was sentenced to 14 months' probation and ordered to complete 60 hours of community service.



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