No whopper sentence for knife-wielding Hungry Jack's bandit
HOLDING a fish filleting knife in one hand and a cricket bat in the other, Bradley Kayne Holman, 21, disguised his face and walked in through the back door of the Bundaberg Hungry Jack's store.
It was 4.15am on November 8 last year and once inside Holman terrorised two staff members, hitting a male employee across the back of the head with the bat as he demanded money.
Just 10 hours earlier Holman held a meat cleaver above his head and slammed it into the counter while inside the Fresh Fields bottleshop at Thabeban as he ordered a staff member to place the money from the till into a bag.
In total the two armed robberies netted Holman about $1200 cash, but the impact on the staff, particularly a female Hungry Jack's employee, will last a lifetime.
Nearly six months on the full-time manger has not been able to return to work, fears being alone and struggles to feel safe. The thought of returning to work makes her feel physically sick.
In the Bundaberg District Court on Thursday it was revealed Holman had a lengthy criminal history which included armed robbery.
Crown prosecutor Katrina Overell said Holman had plenty of opportunities to rehabilitate but his only periods of non-offending were when he was in custody.
"He does pose a risk to the community because of his repeated property offending and willingness to use weapons and violently," she said.
Defence barrister Kim Bryson said Holman had a troubled childhood which saw him start using marijuana and inhalants at 10 and by 14 he was using amphetamines.
She said her client didn't attend high school but had obtained certificates in mining and industrial cleaning while in detention.
For the one count of armed robbery Holmam was sentenced to a three years jail and for the armed robbery with violence he was sentenced to four years jail, with the terms to be served concurrently.
He will be eligible for parole from November 18.