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Addict high on ice when used replica gun to rob soccer club

A METHAMPHETAMINE addict was high on ice when he tried to rob a Rockhampton soccer club with a replica gun, which turned out to be a cigarette lighter.

Gavin John Richardson, 23, pleaded guilty to one attempted armed robbery charge and 33 summary charges in Rockhampton District Court on October 1.

The attempted armed robbery lasted 20 seconds, but led to Richardson being sentenced to three years prison with parole release on October 3 due to over 200 days in pre-sentence custody.

Crown prosecutor Elise Sargent said Richardson walked into Southside United Football Club at 7.20pm on October 19 last year with a gun-shaped cigarette lighter which he pointed towards the barman and demanded aggressively that he hand over the contents of the till.

Ms Sargent said the bartender was initially scared, but quickly realised the gun was actually a lighter and responded "get f----d, that's a lighter".

The incident was captured on CCTV which police used to identify Richardson.

Ms Sargent said police attended two addresses the next day and located the replica gun at one and Richardson at another, still wearing the same clothes as those in the CCTV footage.

"He stated (to police) he was walking home and needed more money for drugs," she said.

Ms Sargent said Richardson told officers he waited for people to finish dinner and leave before he entered.

Defence barrister Ross Lo Monaco said Richardson had drug issues for four years.

The court heard Richardson was on a list for rehabilitation centre GumBi GumBi and hoped to go there on release.

Mr Lo Monaco said Richardson was spending $200 a week on ice and using it about twice a week.

The court heard that in September 2017, October 2017, and between March 16 and July 27, this year, Richardson's offences included stealing cars, breaking into a house and stealing, stealing alcohol from liquor stores, stealing a credit card and using it, and breaching bail 10 times by failing to report or not living at the bail address.



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