Man holds up servo for sandwiches

AN IPSWICH man threatened to set a service station ablaze if he was not given free sandwiches.

But, after leaving and discovering the sandwiches had ham fillings, he stormed back to receive free chips.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Craig Raymond Laycock went to the counter of the service station about 12.45am on December 10, holding a cigarette lighter in one hand and a bottle containing a yellow liquid in the other, which he said was petrol.

Laycock, 25, repeatedly flicked the lighter and said: “I’m very hungry; I’m going to blow up the service station like a mushroom.”

The attendant handed four sandwiches to Laycock, who took them and left.

But Senior Constable Brad Dick said Laycock returned five minutes later and said he “couldn’t eat ham sandwiches and ham would kill him”.

The attendant then handed over three packets of chips.

Police arrived a short time later to find Laycock, who was drunk, sitting out the front eating the packets of chips.

He told police he had planned to commit an armed robbery.

Laycock was arrested again five days later after transit officers saw him drinking from a Jim Beam bottle on a train.

He was told to leave the train where he swung punches at police and acted in aggressive manner.

Laycock pleaded guilty to going armed to cause fear, committing a public nuisance and unlawfully dealing with shop goods. He was convicted and fined $1000.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said the bottle his client had been holding in the service station actually contained wine, not fuel.

Mr Fairclough said Laycock, who received a disability pension, had schizophrenia and was living an itinerant lifestyle.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum told Laycock the attendant would not have known the bottle did not contain petrol and he would have been frightened.

“It’s hard to know what is an appropriate penalty for someone with your mental health issues,” Ms MacCallum said.

“It’s not at a stage where a jail term would be imposed.”



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