Armed jewellery thief gets six years in prison

A MAN has been sentenced to six years in prison for the armed robbery of a Maryborough jewellery store while he was on parole.

Michael Gordon Thompson, 32, pleaded guilty to armed robbery, deprivation of liberty and two counts of fraud at the Maryborough District Court on Monday.

On October 18 last year, Thompson, allegedly with an accomplice, executed a robbery at Gillhespy TJ Watchmaker and Jewellery store in Adelaide St, Maryborough.

Crown Prosecutor Dzenita Balic told the court the shopkeeper was threatened with a knife and tied up, as thousands of dollars of jewellery was taken.

She said the jewellery store experienced a loss of about $90,000 as a result of the robbery and the victim was too traumatised to make a statement in the case.

Defence barrister Julie Sharp said Thompson was a man with a chequered past due to a troubled childhood and resulting drug addiction.

She said since being taken into custody last year, her client had begun work as a prison cleaner and was considering a drug rehabilitation course.

Thompson had only recently begun a New South Wales parole term and was wanted in Queensland for a stealing offence when he committed the hold-up.

He will be eligible for parole on September 22, 2016.

The case against his co-accused will be heard separately.

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