Armed robbery plan made while high

FOUR young people hatched a plan to carry out an armed robbery in Rockhampton while stoned in Mount Morgan.

Travis Herbert Mack, 18, Rhys Michael McCarthy, 19, Campbell Douglas Dwayne Tilberoo, 22 and Danielle May Hampton, 19, were “bonging” or smoking marijuana on December 14, 2009, and Mack was holding a replica pistol.

Then one of the four said something about, “Why don’t we just use that and get some money?”

This week during sentencing in the Rockhampton District Court defence lawyer Ross Lo Monaco related Mack’s account of the night the Oasis Convenience Store in North Rockhampton was robbed for $882 and six packets of cigarettes.

He said Mack told police that they drove into town where the original plan to rob someone at an ATM was ditched because Mack thought it was too early.

He then decided to see a 15-year-old friend of his whom he woke up and told to get in the car.

Mr Lo Monaco said the plan then shifted towards robbing a taxi driver.

Several of the group got out of the car at a taxi rank but decided against the plan.

Only then did they set upon the idea of robbing a convenience store and drove off in the direction of Farm St.

Outside of the Oasis store on Richardson Rd, Mack borrowed $2 from Hampton so he could “scope out” the shop while purchasing a can of coke.

When he got back he said: “There’s one guy in there and he’s cleaning up so go in there and be quick.”

Judge Grant Britton said McCarthy, Tilberoo and the juvenile covered their faces and entered the shop about 7.45pm.

McCarthy and Tilberoo were armed with the replica pistol and another gun while the juvenile carried a baseball bat.

Tilberoo ran around the counter and punched the shop assistant in the head before pulling the gun out and pointing it to the back of his head.

“Give me all the money or I’ll kill you now,” he said.

Tilberoo was seen on a surveillance camera to punch the assistant for a second time.

They were given cash and stole cigarettes before running outside, where Mack had the engine running, and hopping inside the vehicle.

On the way they purchased petrol and alcohol and at Mount Morgan divided the cash and cigarettes among themselves.

Mr Lo Monaco said Mack initially denied involvement but later gave a full account of what happened and pointed police towards his associates.

He told the court the weapons used were not able to fire as one was a replica and the other was inoperable.

Yesterday before sentencing the five on a joint charge of robbery with actual violence while armed and in company, Judge Britton noted Hampton’s lesser role in the crime.

Hampton had remained in the car the whole time the robbery took place and had pleaded guilty to being a party to the offence.

She was sentenced to two years in prison with an immediate release on parole.

Mack was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in custody, which was suspended for four years while McCarthy received four-and-a-half years, which will be suspended on June 12 this year.

Tilberoo was sentenced to five years in jail and will be eligible for parole on August 15.

All three men had spent 526 days in custody prior to sentencing, which was taken into account by Judge Britton.

Judge Britton sentenced the juvenile to 18 months’ detention but said there were special circumstances to justify his immediate release.

He had spent 258 days in custody.



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