Heroin addict jailed for robbery
A MAN who robbed a Hervey Bay bottle shop, threatening the attendant with a large knife, did so to feed his heroin addiction, a court has heard.
Timothy Charles Kennedy, 21, was sentenced to three years in jail for the hold-up of the Thirsty Camel in Torquay on September 23 last year.
He has already been in custody for more than four months, since he was arrested at Kawungan on September 24.
The Sunshine Coast resident was also convicted of six enter premises and attempted fraud offences and contravening a direction.
He pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay District Court to all charges and was sentenced to three years in jail for the robbery and 18 months for the remaining offences.
The court heard that Kennedy, the youngest of four brothers, grew up in Darling Downs with a heroin addict mother.
When he was just a child he would help her inject the drug.
At 13, he found himself injecting heroin, defence barrister Steve Crofton said.
Kennedy’s criminal history includes seven burglary and dishonesty offences.
He was placed on parole in the Caboolture Magistrates Court in May 2008 and three months after his parole period ended, he committed the latest crimes.
Prosecutor Mahmoud Ibrahim urged Judge Hugh Botting to take into account the seriousness of the robbery, including the fact Kennedy had used a “large hunting knife” to threaten the male attendant.
But Mr Crofton said the weapon used was a kitchen knife and that it wasn’t wielded or swung during the robbery. He said the attendant wasn’t injured.
Mr Crofton said there was a period from 2007 where Kennedy went without any convictions and that was due to him being “clean”.
He then met up with a former girlfriend, an exotic dancer and heroin user, in Mooloolaba last year and began committing offences to “finance their joint habit”.
Kennedy was given a parole date of August 1, with his 130 days in custody to count as time served.