Armed Robbery – Community Corrections Order

The client and a co-offender went to a milk bar in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne with the intention of committing an armed robbery. The co-offender was carrying a knife but the client at no time produced a weapon.

The client was very young, had no prior Court appearances for armed robbery, or any deception charges. He had a history of using cannabis and amphetamines and drinking heavily on occasions. However he had, since the offence, stopped using illicit drugs. He came from a supportive family, but his parents had separated when he was very young and he had spent considerable time moving between his parents’ respective houses.

We represented the client at the Melbourne County Court for the charges of:

It was submitted to the Court that given his age and lack of relevant prior Court appearances he had good prospects of rehabilitation that would be better served by him completing a more rehabilitation-based disposition, such as a Community Correction Order (CCO).

The Judge agreed, and convicted and placed the accused on a 2 year CCO, with the conditions that he (1) complete 100 hours of unpaid community work over 2 years and (2) engage in drug and alcohol counselling as directed.

This is an excellent result given the seriousness of the charge of armed robbery, and the fact that it is ordinarily dealt with by way of a term of imprisonment. The client was assisted by his young age and that he had ceased illicit drug use following his arrest.


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