Joseph Michael Scotney, 25, faced Maroochydore District Court after a crime spree in which he held up two stores with a shotgun.
Joseph Michael Scotney, 25, faced Maroochydore District Court after a crime spree in which he held up two stores with a shotgun. Queensland Police

'Amateurish' criminal terrorises Coast with shotgun

DRUG affected and dangerous, a man terrorised the Coast with a double-barrel shotgun in a series of early morning armed robberies.

Now, after spending almost a year in prison waiting for his day in court, Joseph Michael Scotney, 25 has been ordered to spend another 13 months behind bars.

In the early hours of January 30, Scotney embarked on a "drug fuelled rampage" which saw him fire a shot into a glass door of the empty Bellvista Tavern in an attempt to get inside.

He then went on to hold up the BP service station in Glenview and a Hungry Jacks drive-thru, using a gun he stole from his friend weeks prior.

Employees from the stores complied with Scotney's demands and handed over cash.

Scotney was arrested that evening after a police search at Alex Headland where he was found with 2.14g of meth.

He admitted what he'd done to police and apologised after his interview.

With a gallery full of his family members watching on, Scotney today pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court to 31 charges, 17 of which were from his "crime spree".

Among these charges, Scotney was facing a count of dangerous operation of a vehicle while intoxicated from July 2016 when he hit the corner of a car turning right on Nicklin Way.

Scotney was travelling 126km/h at time of impact, causing the victim's car to spin 180 degrees.

After the crash police found 1g of meth, ampoules of steroids, a syringe, home-made taser and other drug utensils.

Then on January 7, Scotney stole his friends rental car and used it in several thefts and fuel drive-offs.

Judge Brian Devereaux - who referred to Scotney's crimes as "quite amateurish" - sentenced him to a total of six years' imprisonment, with a parole release date of January 30, 2019.



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