Zach Hogg

Adult shop armed robber pleads guilty

A 36-YEAR-OLD man has been released on parole after serving 179 days in presentence custody for the armed robbery of an East Bundaberg adult shop.

In the Bundaberg District Court on Tuesday Michael Peter Courtice pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery in company for the September 15, 2014 robbery of the Totally Adult shop on Princess St.

Public prosecutions legal officer Kathleen Mott said at 8.20pm Courtice and his co-offender, Christopher Peter Mark Bowmaker, 31, entered the store with their faces concealed.

The court heard Courtice was armed with a metal wrench while Bowmaker was armed with a knife and a blood-filled syringe.

Ms Mott said the pair demanded money from the female shop attendant and left with about $450 in cash.

Defence barrister Stephen Courtney said his client suffered a mental impairment and until shortly before the offence had lived under the care of his parents.

He said Courtice won a significant amount on the pokies and despite his parents initially keeping the money from him, demanded it and disappeared.

Mr Courtney said it appeared Courtice burned through the cash in a period of weeks and found himself in an Oz Care facility, where he met Bowmaker.

The court heard Courtice did not profit from the proceeds of the armed robbery and Judge Michael Burnett accepted Bowmaker was the ring-leader.

"Mr Bowman was the mastermind of what can only be described as an unsophisticated crime," he said.

In sentencing Judge Burnett said Bowmaker was sentenced to three years imprisonment with a parole release date after 12 months, and while it was appropriate for Courtice to also receive a three-year head sentence, his mental impairment and lesser criminal history saw the time served reduced.



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