DPP v Erden [2016] VCC 1106

Sentence summary: Armed robbery

The offender entered a service station late at night. He produced a machete and threatened the attendant, demanding cash and cigarettes. He then placed a mask over his face in an attempt to conceal his identity. The offender left with $280 in cash and 10 packets of cigarettes. After leaving the service station he threw some of his clothes, together with the machete and mask, over a fence into the premises of a neighbouring business. Shortly afterwards he was detained by police.

The offender pleaded guilty to armed robbery.

The offender had an extensive criminal history including in relation to a number of previous armed robberies. The judge said he had been, in effect, institutionalised, having served a significant amount of time in custody.

The judge said the offender’s conduct constituted serious offending. The offender’s actions had been extremely frightening for the store attendant. The judge said that console operators, working at night on their own, were soft targets. The judge said the offending had to be denounced in the strongest terms.

The offender was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of four and a half years.

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