Benjamin Robert Jeffery, 24, of Ilex Avenue, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool County Court yesterday to armed robbery, recklessly causing injury, attempting to pervert the course of justice and cultivating cannabis.
The court heard that Jeffery was the ringleader in a terrif michael jordan ying armed robbery with co defendant Daniel Wooster, 20, of Wildwood Crescent, Warrnambool, who also pleaded guilty to armed robbery and recklessly causing injury.
Wooster was sentenced in March to serve 18 months in a youth justice centre.
Crown prosecutor Max Perry told the court that on November 29, 2009, Jeffery and Wooster went to Hungry Jack’s about 4.30am disguised and armed with large knives, but workers had already arrived and they called off a planned robbery.
The next day they returned at 4am, again disguised and armed, and when an employee arrived to unlock the pro michael jordan perty he was confronted. The employee was told to quickly turn off the alarm before Jeffery pushed a knife into the man’s back and guided him to the safe.
About $2400 was loaded into a bag and the emplo yee was struck to the head by Jeffery before the pair fled.
The blow caused a black eye, bruising and swelling.
The charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice involved Jeffery trying to convince his partner to say he was in bed with her on the morning of the armed robbery.
The cultivating cannabis charge came about after police found 10 almost mature plants at Jeffery’s home when he was arrested. Another tenant was also charged an michael jordan d later fined in court.
Jeffery has a number of prior court appearances and in 2006 was sentenced to serve a term in youth detention on dishonesty and driving charges.
Defence counsel Robert Thyssen said Jeffery was born in Warrnambool, raised in Caramut, moved out of home to work on his grandparents’ farm when he was 15 years old and michael jordan was a father himself by the time he was 17.
He said at the time of the offending Jeffery was struggling financially and desperate for money.
Mr Thyssen said the armed robbery showed a lack of thought and the assault happened when the alarm went off.
He requested a sentence which involved a lengthy parole term so Jeffery could get the support he needed to overcome alcohol and drug issues and not reoffend.
Judge Mark Taft said the incident was a “nasty armed robbery”.
“This was not the robbery of an iPod in a park by someone with a pretend weapon,” Judge Taft said.
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