Man goes to jail for two attempted armed robberies
A FORMER Darling Downs man has been sent to jail for his role in two attempted armed robberies with a judge describing his criminal history across Australia as the worse he has ever seen.
Kayd Craig Thorp, 28, who grew up at Killarney, pleaded guilty on Tuesday for the role he played in two attempted armed robberies last year on Brisbane's north side.
His two accomplices Bradley Michael Connelly and Renee Frances Male also pleaded guilty.
The Brisbane District Court heard Thorp had an extensive criminal history in Queensland as well as the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.
Judge Milton Griffin said he was genuinely shocked at Thorp's criminality across the country.
"I do not think I have ever seen someone before my court with such an active criminal history across Australia," he said.
The court heard the three were involved in an attempted armed robbery at a tavern at Strathpine after Thorp had rented a car from Avis Rentals.
The crown prosecutor told the court Connelly and Male entered the premises armed with a knife and demanded cash from an employee while Thorp, who was in contacted with his co-accused via a walkie talkie, stayed in the car park and acted as a lookout.
A customer at the tavern interrupted the pair and they fled the venue empty handed.
The court then heard several days later the three were driving around in the stolen rental car and started followed a woman who was parking her car at the North Lakes shopping centre.
Thorp jumped out of the car and told the woman to hand over her keys saying he had a gun threatening to kill her if she did not comply.
Once again they were disturbed and all three fled in the stolen rental.
They were arrested several days later and when police questioned Thorp he "played down" his role in the two attempted robberies.
However, Judge Griffin saw the matter in a different light and sentenced Thorp to three years in jail.
He said the attempted robbery at the tavern showed a level of "planning and sophistication" and they would have been successful had it not been for the bravery of one of the customers.
The former Darling State High School student will be eligible for parole on August 28.
Judge Milton took into account the 242 days Thorp had already served behind bars.