$20K robbery loot found hidden in roof of home

A PREMEDITATED home invasion at the Capricorn Coast where $20,000 cash was stolen was solved when police found an alleged offender sitting on a roof in Rockhampton with the cash stashed nearby.

Clint James Simpson, 38, was sentenced on February 14 in Rockhampton District Court for his involvement in the offence which involved him holding a knife to the victim and entering the dwelling.

He was not the man on the roof.

Crown prosecutor Will Slack said Simpson, along with a male and a female co-offender, attended the residence of a man Simpson knew, on February 8, 2019, at Hidden Valley.

"This was a planned attack," he said.

The court heard the victim approached Simpson when the trio arrived and offered Simpson a drink.

Judge Michael Burnett said it was then the other man ­inquired about marijuana and as the victim looked towards Simpson, the co-offender punched the victim in the face.

"(The co-offender) produced a weapon and went inside the house," he said.

Mr Slack said Simpson was armed with a knife which he waved at the victim while outside the house, but it was the male co-offender who stole the cash.

Judge Burnett said the other male had ransacked the house and found the cash in a money tin.

He said the victim claimed when he counted it six weeks prior and there was about $20,000 in the tin.

The court heard police were later called to a disturbance in Rockhampton where a man was sitting on the roof of a house.

"Police found a bundle of cash protruding from under the tin roof - $16,400 in total," Judge Burnett said.

The court heard Simpson had convictions for alcohol fuelled violence in 2003 and 2011 with one incident involving Simpson kicking two people in the head while they were on the ground after being removed from a club.

He also kicked his partner in the groin and placed his hands around her neck.

His nine page criminal history also included assault occasioning bodily harm, common assault, breach of domestic violence order and burglary.

Defence barrister Jordan Ahlstrand said Simpson recalled witnessing domestic violence between his parents when he was about two years old until they separated and Simpson went to live with his mother. He said Simpson had worked as concrete labourer and in commercial fishing and forest management since leaving school.

Mr Ahlstrand said Simpson started drinking alcohol when he was 16, smoking marijuana at 13 and moved onto methamphetamines and opiates at 18.

Judge Burnett sentenced Simpson to a four year prison term, declared 355 days presentence custody with parole eligibility on June 23, 2020.

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