Man punched and threatened over drug money
HE admitted robbing an acquaintance who owed him money for drugs and threatening him with a knife to the throat, and now he's paid the price.
Gladstone man Dale George Johnson pleaded guilty to armed robbery in company and burglary at Gladstone District Court on Thursday and was sentenced to three years imprisonment with immediate parole.
Crown Prosecutor Clare Hurley said the complainant, who is now deceased, met Johnson three weeks before the incident, which occurred on June 16, 2012.
On the day of the incident Johnson went to the complainant's house and asked if his uncle could enter.
Five minutes later Johnson punched the complainant in the head and stole his cash and mobile phone.
The complainant asked Johnson if he could keep his identifying particulars, and Johnson responded by punching him again in the head.
He then pushed a pillow over the complainant's head and held a knife to his neck.
Johnson told the complainant that if he reported the incident to police he would come back for him.
He then stole a number of items including an Xbox, stereo, DVDs and a fish tank to a total value of about $3000.
"Mr Johnson has an extensive criminal history. It's not his first robbery charge," Ms Hurley said.
"People have a right to feel safe in their own homes."
Defence barrister David Murray said his client suffered from paranoid schizophrenia that was exacerbated by his use of the drug ice.
Mr Murray said Johnson also suffered from auditory hallucinations and received instructions from television.
"He acted in an irrational and stupid way," Mr Murray said.
He said Johnson had not acted in a premeditated manner.
"It wasn't a planned event," Mr Murray said. "He had no intention other than to get the money he was owed."
Judge Brendan Butler said the two offences were serious.
"You left the complainant with a black eye, a front tooth out and a painful jaw," he said.
"You and others need to be deterred from acting that way."
During sentencing Judge Butler said he took into account the time Johnson had already spent in prison and his guilty plea.