Footballer jailed for 21 months

A ONCE-PROMISING Ipswich football player will spend months behind bars after confessing to his role in an "unsophisticated" armed robbery.

Derickson Tila was walking along a street in Middle Park in July, 2012, when he passed a couple walking home from the local tavern.

Crown prosecutor Issac Munsie told the Brisbane District Court, where Tila was sentenced for armed robbery, the man asked Tila how his night was before continuing on his way.

The man felt a blow to the left side of his face, causing him to fall to the ground.

Mr Munsie said the victim realised his girlfriend's purse, holding her iPhone and keys, had been taken out of his hand.

Tila, a former Goodna Eagles forward, kicked the victim twice as he lay on the ground before the victim chased his attacker down the street.

The court heard Tila escaped in a getaway car.

Mr Munsie submitted a very important aspect of the case was the fact Tila made a full confession to police and implicated his accomplice.

The defence argued the implication of the other perpetrator had resulted in inmates making Tila's life hard while in custody.

Mr Munsie submitted the robbery was "largely unsophisticated".

Tila also pleaded guilty to driving unlicensed once in Dinmore, on another occasion at Wacol and breaching a domestic violence order following the robbery.

The 22-year-old also admitted to possessing methamphetamine in August 2012.

The defence submitted that drugs had been a problem in Tila's life but he hoped to return to work with his uncle once released from custody.

Judge Terence Martin sentenced Tila to 21 months in jail for armed robbery and suspended him from driving for two years for the driving offences.


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