Man jailed for $10 armed robbery in Proserpine

A FATHER of two has been jailed after robbing a man of $10 while with another man armed with an iron bar on the main street of Proserpine.

Dylan William Clarkson, 24, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court in Mackay today to trafficking, armed robbery in company and possessing methylamphetamine.

Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen said that on the morning of March 29, 2015, Clarkson and another man had spotted a man withdrawing money from an ATM.

Mr Cowen said Clarkson had approached the man, demanded money from him and asked "where's my money (expletive)?"

Mr Cowen said the complainant then went to his friend's house "to have a coffee and calm down".

He had started walking home when, about 9.20am, Clarkson and his co-offender approached him again.

Mr Cowen said the co-offender had said "give me the money or I'm going to smash you with this" while indicating to the 60cm iron bar in his hand. Clarkson had yelled "give us the money" into the man's ear.

The complainant said he had only $10, and when he took out his wallet to show the men Clarkson grabbed the money from it.

Mr Cowen told the court the complainant was a "burglar" who had "breached a domestic violence order".

Defence barrister Phillip Moore said Clarkson, who has a five-year-old stepson and a one-year-old biological son, had been owed a debt over accommodation.

Clarkson was also charged with trafficking drugs between September 19, 2014 and April 8, 2015.

Mr Cowen said a police investigation into a Whitsunday drug dealing ring found Clarkson had purchased and on-sold methylamphetamine and marijuana.

Mr Cowen said on one occasion, Clarkson had sold an ounce of methylamphetamine worth between $10,000 and $11,000.

Clarkson also pleaded guilty to possessing methylamphetamine, which police found concealed in a torch in his underwear in Proserpine on June 26, 2015.

Mr Moore said Clarkson had become drug dependant after coping with the grief of a cousin's suicide.

He said that in custody Clarkson had been completing his Year 12 school certificate and hoped to complete a diploma in agricultural engineering.

Justice James Henry said it appeared Clarkson had become involved in trafficking to service his own drug debts, but that it was "no excuse".

"In fact, what that really means is you were prepared to spread the problems you had onto others," he said.

He said Clarkson's trafficking had been principally street-level.

On the trafficking charge, Clarkson was sentenced to four years and three months in prison, suspended after 12 months.

On the armed robbery charge, he was sentenced to three years in prison and after 12 months will be released on probation for a period of two years.

The sentences were concurrent and convictions were recorded.

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