DPP v Allwood [2016] VCC 1929

Sentence summary: Armed robbery

The offender was heavily affected by drugs and carrying a sawn-off rifle when he conducted a series of robberies against strangers. He entered the home of the first victim, a young woman, pointing the rifle at her and threatening to shoot her before taking items including handbags and jewellery. That same night the offender threatened a second victim with the gun, before forcing the victim to drive him to a different location.

The following day the offender climbed through the window of the third victim’s house. The offender entered the victim’s bedroom, where he confronted the victim and pointed the gun at her. The offender then stole the victim’s wallet and forced her to walk down the street with him while threatening to bash her if she went to police. The offender then stole a car at gunpoint, drove to a pharmacy, threatened a staff member with the gun, and took cash and drugs. After unsuccessfully attempting to take the car of a young woman, the offender took the car of another woman.

The offender pleaded guilty to charges including armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, false imprisonment and theft.

The judge took into account the offender’s guilty plea and remorse as mitigating factors in sentencing.

However the judge said it was extremely serious offending. The judge said the offender’s actions, including threatening to shoot some of the victims, had had a considerable impact on them. The judge said that although the gun was not loaded, the offender did have ammunition for it.

A number of victim impact statements were tendered. They showed that victims continued to experience fear, anxiety, vulnerability and anger. Their working, academic, family and social lives have been affected. Some have required psychological treatment. There has been a loss of a sense of security and confidence and for some sleep has been affected.

The offender’s intoxication at the time of offending was not a mitigating factor in sentencing. However, the judge said it was relevant that the offender’s long history of drug use stemmed from a badly deprived and dysfunctional up-bringing.

The offender was sentenced to seven years and eight months’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of five years.

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