Armed robbery spree lands bandit in prison

A KNIFE-wielding bandit has been sentenced to five years prison at an Ipswich court for two ferocious armed robberies.

Goodna man Jonathan Faafoi, 23, held a knife at one shopkeeper's throat and threatened to kill him during a robbery at Kingston last September.

The careless crook left behind the 20cm serrated knife before he fled with $600.

Despite wearing a glove on one hand, Faafoi left fingerprints at the scene when he used the other hand as leverage to jump the counter.

A week later, on September 27, Faafoi robbed the Freedom Fuels service station on Kruger Pde, Redbank Plains.

Around 9.30pm Faafoi walked into the store and demanded an attendant hand over cash. The operator did so and the other employee took down Faafoi's car registration.

Ipswich police went to his home address and saw the same car, complete with the cash register till on the front seat, parked in the driveway.

Officers found Faafoi sitting on his roof and while he at first denied knowing about the robbery, a subsequent search of him revealed hundreds of dollars

in cash.

They also found clothes worn during the robbery in a room in the house.

Faafoi eventually admitted to "pumping the petrol station" which meant he had "done it over" because he needed money to purchase drugs.

CCTV footage identified him as being the defendant in the Kingston robbery.

During interviews with police, Faafoi confessed to his role in the robberies, but refused to identify another male involved in the Kingston robbery.

Faafoi this week pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery.

With time already served, and because of his plea of guilty, he can apply for parole on May 27, 2014.

Judge Sarah Bradley noted Faafoi was committing the robberies to pay for his $700-a-week ice addiction.

Defence barrister Simone Bain said her client had become "institutionalised" in prison and had "gotten used to it" but was still a young man with good prospects for the future.



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