Would-be armed robber caught with his pants down

WOULD-BE armed robber Nicholas William Parsons was literally caught with his pants down.

Parsons, 20, entered the Highfields Subway store on May 12 with a knife in hand and wearing sunglasses and his jumper over his head, Toowoomba District Court heard.

However, when he went to snatch money from the cash register, a staff member slammed the till shut on his hand and he had made a speedy retreat out of the store empty handed, prosecutor Caitlyn Thompson said.

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CCTV footage of the incident led police to Parsons' then Toowoomba home and he was taken in for questioning.

However, as police led him to the police car, the then teenager had turned to officers saying "See you f***ers" and ran off.

A foot chase ensued until Parsons' trousers slipped down, tripping him up and he fell to the ground, Ms Thompson told the court.

He was then arrested but struggled with officers before being put in a police van.

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Having been released from prison on parole just five weeks prior, Parsons was returned to jail and he appeared in court in custody to plead guilty to a charge of entering a premises with intent to commit an offence.

His barrister Robbie Davies told the court his client was the victim of drug addiction which had been behind all of his offending.

"It's a familiar and sad story," Mr Davies submitted.

Though his client came from a good family who supported him, he was homeless at the time of the offence, he said.

Judge Deborah Richards sentenced Parsons to six months in jail to be followed by three years probation which would include random testing for illicit drugs and attending drug and alcohol counselling.



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