Armed Robbery – Suspended Sentence

M was involved in an armed robbery on a fish and chips store. A former and current staff member were also involved in planning the robbery. M attended and stayed in the car (a yellow former taxi) while the robbery was carried out. M and the co-offenders were caught shortly after the offence was committed.

Josh Taaffe represented M on his plea in the Melbourne County Court for the charge of Armed Robbery. While he faced very serious charges, there were several factors that allowed Josh to push for a wholly suspended sentence.

M was 19 years old at the time of the offence. M also suffered from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition that had reached the stage where he was considered legally blind. M had encountered problems as a result of his condition throughout his life. He played only a minor role in the offences. M had excellent prospects of rehabilitation and was very remorseful for his conduct. If he were imprisoned M would have been vulnerable in the custodial environment because of his age and disability.

M received a sentence of two years imprisonment wholly suspended for two years.


Josh TaaffeJosh Taaffe

Josh has extensive experience in indictable crime including sex offences, assaults & drug matters.

As an instructing solicitor Josh has specialised in handling complex matters, such as murder and terrorism trials, including State and Commonwealth Supreme Court trials. Josh is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.

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