Past catches up with Rockhampton's serial armed robber
HIGH on ice, face masked and wielding a gun, Roy Alfred Michael Solomon demanded a Kalka Palms Hotel patron "open the till and put the cash in the bag”.
The November 8, 2012 armed robbery was one of three destined to catch up with the then 22-year-old Rockhampton man.
Soloman was on bail at the time for the armed robbery of two sex workers in July 2011, days before he held up a Raffles Hotel employee at knife point with two co-accused.
The father-of-two was sentenced to two years in prison for the Raffles robbery, with a further 18 months for the grievous bodily harm of a fellow inmate.
But it took a late witness and DNA evidence to implicate him in the Kalka armed robbery, for which he was charged in May 2016.
The now 26-year-old prisoner returned before the Rockhampton District Court today to face his sentence.
Crown prosecutor Molly Mahlouzarides told the court he wore a hoodie with the hood pulled up, a cap on and his face obscured so only his eyes were visible.
He stood at the entrance to a cage containing the tills - a gun in his right hand, a bag in the other.
"He told the complainant to 'open the till and put the cash in the bag', he repeated for her to put the cash in the bag three times,” Ms Mahlouzarides said.
Solomon demanded she open the safe, and further empty two more tills containing about $560.
"The defendant then left the cage and went to the gaming room area, pointing his gun at patrons and yelling at them to 'get the f**k down'.
"He exited through the main entrance and police arrived shortly after.”
Ms Mahlouzarides said this crime punctuated other offences for which Solomon had been sentenced, and advised Judge Michael Burnett's sentence reflect the totality of Solomon's crimes.
The period revealed only a portion of Solomon's extensive 12-page criminal history which had seen him benefit from the court's full range of sentencing options for property crime, street-type offences and in some instances, violence.
Solomon's defence solicitor Ross Lo Monaco told the court his client had two young boys, aged five and four, who he chose to have "little to do with” while in prison to avoid them seeing him as a "negative role model”.
It was agreed the gun used in the Kalka robbery was in fact a "fake”, but Judge Burnett said the impact on the cashier was "nonetheless the same”.
He sentenced Solomon to a further 18 months imprisonment, cumulative to his existing sentence, with a parole eligibility date of August 2017; six months from today.