Knife-weilding robber gets jail
A ROBBER who pressed a knife to the throat of a hotel employee while his accomplice stole $32,000 was sentenced to seven years' jail yesterday.
Michael Robert Scott, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and various break-and-enter offences in Gladstone District Court.
Crown Prosecutor Shaun Gordon told the court $32,000 was stolen in the robbery, which occurred at the Rocky Glen Hotel on November 4, 2009.
Clear CCTV footage of the robbery was played in court, showing two staff members were confronted in the foyer at closing time by Scott, wielding two knives, and a juvenile, also armed with a knife.
Mr Gordon told the court Scott ordered the pair to get in the office and said they were just after money and no one would get hurt.
The four went into the office, where the duty manager was seated, and Scott, who had a stocking over his head, held the knife to his throat.
The female employee entered the adjoining safe room with her hands held above her head and then opened the safe.
Money was removed from the safe by the juvenile, who flashed the knife intermittently at the employee.
“It was very quick ...but probably felt like an eternity for the people involved,” Mr Gordon said.
The robbers then made off with the money, and hitched a ride towards Rockhampton with a truck driver, who was paid $350 for the trip.
The pair were let out near Bajool, where they tried to steal a quad bike, before finally being caught at Bob's Creek.
Barrister David Murray told the court his client had carried out the crime in the hope of his sister leaving Gladstone and starting a new life.
“My client is extremely remorseful he took the juvenile along with him,” he said.
“This was entirely unplanned, inefficient and ineffective,” Mr Murray said.
Judge Tutt said Scott's actions were “cowardly and callous”.
“One can only imagine how a terrifying and frightening experience this was, and one could think quite reasonably it leaves a lasting impact.”
Scott also pleaded guilty to summary offences, principally involving break-and-enters and stealing.