Cops turned up to an armed robbery complaint - but found themselves in a strange situation.
Cops turned up to an armed robbery complaint - but found themselves in a strange situation. Highway Patrol Images

They stole what? Man dobs himself in after robbery

HE WAS none too happy after being robbed at knifepoint.

But Gympie's John Albert Iddles found himself charged after admitting to cops exactly what the thieves took.

The robbers stole his cash - but they also took his drugs.

The "unusual" case emerged after the 28-year-old went to smoke drugs with three people before two of them turned on him.

The robbery at the Cats AFL Oval last September also involved a paranoid, drug-abusing teenage girl seizing 28 year-old Iddles's cell phone so he couldn't call anyone.

"The circumstances in which your offending came to light are quite unusual," Justice Sue Brown said on Wednesday.

Iddles owed $50 to Tasmanian Shyanne Maree Whatley, who was then two months shy of her 18th birthday.

Iddles agreed to meet Whatley. They and two men unknown to Iddles, including Alex Guy Jackson, went to the Cats ground.

"You were then set upon" by the two men, Justice Brown said. "They robbed you after physically harming you."

Brisbane Supreme Court heard cops found themselves warning Iddles about the possible consequences of any frank admissions.

But Iddles admitted anyway to having bought 0.2g of methylamphetamine for $50.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of supplying ice, including one charge of supplying the dangerous drug to a minor.

Justice Brown said Iddles had fallen in with the wrong crowd.

And he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

But she said Iddles had a very supportive father, who came to court, and also a friend who would give him a "kick up the backside" if he went off the rails again.

Justice Brown said the High Court had recognised when an offender made admissions like in this case, then less serious penalties could be handed down.

She said Iddles had been working, mostly as a labourer, and trying to be a better person.

Justice Brown said it was "really critical" he abide by a mental health treatment regime.

He was convicted and given nine months' probation. -NewsRegional



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