Teen's armed robbery admission 'might have changed his life'

A TEENAGER affected by methamphetmaine pulled a knife from his pants and pointed it at a petrol station attendant.

"Give me all the money in your till," Jordan Ward told the 28-year-old woman.

She told him she would but made a dash for a back room, locking herself in.

Ward then climbed the counter of the Dinmore business, snatched a few packs of cigarettes and left.

It was his voluntary surrender and admission to police a few days after the offence in June which "might have changed his life".

In sentencing in Ipswich District Court yesterday, Judge Greg Koppenol told the 17-year-old his co-operation with police worked in his favour.

"Going to police and telling him he was the one, fessing up might have changed his life around," Judge Koppenol said.

Defence lawyer Stephen Kissick described the robbery as "unsophisticated".

Ward pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and was sentenced to a head sentence of 18 months imprisonment with immediate parole.



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