Man gets two years for bank hold-ups

A MAN who pleaded guilty to three armed robberies in Queensland, including a $15,000 theft at a Noosa bank, has been jailed for two years.

However, Stephen John Gopurenko, 36, will be eligible for parole in less than a year after having served 403 days already.

Gopurenko robbed the Noosa Bank of Queensland on February 19, 2009, followed by the Carina BoQ on February 23, and the Chermside BoQ on March 4.

"You used a replica pistol to frighteningly menace the persons to whom it was directed," Judge Gary Long said.

The robberies were part of a crime spree that started in Queensland and ended with another armed robbery in Victoria, where Gopurenko was apprehended and sentenced to almost six years' jail. He was released on parole in March last year and was taken into custody immediately for the Queensland offences.

Gopurenko also pleaded guilty to fraud charges and an assault that occurred during one of the robberies.

Judge Long sentenced Gopurenko to six years' jail for the Queensland offences, to serve two years.



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