CCTV vision of the IGA on James armed robbery on March 4.
CCTV vision of the IGA on James armed robbery on March 4. Contributed

Robber to be freed soon

A FORMER Warwick teenager, who robbed a service station while on bail for the armed robbery of another store this year, will be out of jail for Christmas.

A drunken Lochlan Jason Lenard McKeiver had entered the Toowoomba IGA on James Supermarket on March 3, and wandered around the store.

After picking up a knife from a shelf, the then 17-year-old walked to the counter and threatened the young female attendant before fleeing with cash.

Arrested soon after the robbery, McKeiver spent some weeks in custody before being released on Supreme Court bail.

On July 2 while on bail, McKeiver, now 18, had accompanied another man who was armed with a knife into the Shell Service Station on Margaret St, Toowoomba District Court heard.

While his friend held the knife out, McKeiver had demanded cash and held the door open as the pair fled.

He pleaded guilty to both armed robberies and to breaching conditions of his bail.

His barrister Robbie Davies told the court his client had been drunk on both occasions and submitted the first robbery was "amateurish, unplanned and stupid".

His client had a background of psychological problems and had been medicated for anxiety, depression and ADHD, Mr Davies said.

Reading from the victim impact statement of the first robbery victim, Judge Sarah Bradley noted the incident had had a devastating effect on the young woman who had quit work as a result and had trouble getting her life back on track.

However, taking into account McKeiver's youth and personal circumstances, Judge Bradley declared the 48 days pre-sentence custody as time already served and sentenced McKeiver to three years jail but ordered he be released on parole on December 21.



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