Man who robbed supermarket with knife put on parole

TEN months in jail was deemed enough time behind bars for convicted armed robber Cody Aaron Callaghan.

The 20-year-old appeared before the District Court in Toowoomba yesterday to plead guilty to his role in the armed robbery of the Blue Mountain Foodworks on May 18 last year.

CCTV footage from the store on the corner of Ruthven and Griffiths Sts played in court showed Callaghan and his then 16-year-old boy co-offender entering the store wearing balaclavas and hoodies and each carrying a knife.

Callaghan stood alongside his juvenile co-offender who wielded a knife while telling the counter attendant to hand over cash.

Prosecutor Caitlyn Thompson told the court a second shop worker had pressed the duress alarm while the counter attendant handed over about $850 in cash to the duo which then fled the store.

Callaghan was found by police the next day and arrested and held in custody.

He pleaded guilty to armed robbery in company and possessing a needle and syringe found on him when arrested.

His barrister Steve Kissick told the court his client had an issue with drugs at the time which was the motivation behind the robbery.

However, his client had been drug free since spending almost 10 months in custody and had since passed a drug test.

Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren SC took into account Callaghan's youth and pleas of guilty and sentenced him to three years in jail but, declaring the 300 days of presentence custody as time served under the sentence, ordered he be released on parole immediately.

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