Man appeals jail sentence for using knife to steal a car

CHRISTOPHA Kim Thiemann, who used a knife to steal a car, wants to be let out of jail so he can spend time with his young daughter.

Earlier this year he received an 18-month jail sentence, on top of jail time he was already serving, after he asked a friend for a lift to downtown Toowoomba before turning a knife on him and stealing his car.

Thiemann appealed his sentence at Queensland's highest court and argued his case on Thursday via video link from jail.

"I feel that I'm ready to be released into the community," he said.

He told three Court of Appeal justices that he had completed two drug abuse programs while in jail.

While he was eligible for parole in August, he said it would be another six months before he would receive an answer.

The court heard his full-time release date would be in June 2018.

Prosecutor Danny Boyle said the Toowoomba District Court judge made the cumulative jail sentence on top of a jail term Thiemann was already serving because he threatened violence with a weapon.

"Given his history of offending, a substantial additional penalty was warranted," he said.

Mr Boyle also said the sentence he received was not unjust.

"He's now committed three separate offences which involved threatening a use of a weapon."

These included an armed robbery of a service station with a broken beer bottle, breaking into a house where he used knives to help him escape and the unlawful use of a motor vehicle where he threatened his friend with a knife in order to take his car.

Mr Boyle also said some of the offences occurred while Thiemann was on parole.

Thiemann did not wish to say anything in reply to Mr Boyle's submissions.

The court reserved its decision, which will be finalised at a future date.

- APN NEWSDESK



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