The client was a 19 year old male, who had been charged with armed robbery.
He drove to a milk bar near his home late at night, and entered the milk bar wearing a mask that covered his entire face, carrying an imitation firearm. He pointed the firearm towards the female attendant and stole confectionary before fleeing. He abandoned his car and ran away on foot to a nearby friends house. He had discarded the firearm and mask along the way and was located a short time later by police.
The client was a young man who suffered from schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.
At the time of the offending, his condition was being mismanaged and the medication he was being prescribed was ineffective. On the plea, it was submitted that his judgement was severely impaired by virtue of his mental illness. Through the use of extensive psychological material, and through references written by friends and family, we were successful in persuading the Judge that a term of imprisonment was not appropriate in this case, and that his mental health would deteriorate as a result of incarceration.
Despite the serious nature of the offending, he was ultimately placed on a Community Based Order for a period of 2 years, to perform 200 hours of unpaid community work over that period.
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DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013