Ice addict used iron bar to rob man over $10

A MAN addicted to ice, who used an iron bar to threaten and rob a man in broad daylight in Proserpine, came away with just $10, and a possible jail term.

Mathew James Fry, 26, who was living in a tent at Proserpine at the time of the March 29, 2015 robbery, appeared before Judge Deborah Richards for sentencing at Mackay District Court yesterday charged with armed robbery in company.

The court heard the tyre fitter, who pleaded guilty, and an accomplice bailed up a 33-year-old man on Main St on a Sunday morning, held a 60cm iron bar to his leg and forced him to empty his wallet under threats of violence.

"It (the crime) was unsophisticated... it is noted it must have been frightening for the complainant," Crown prosecutor Skye Jerome told the court.

Ms Jerome said Fry had criminal history relating to possessing ice, entering premises with intent to commit an indictable offence and breaching bail.

Defence barrister Stephen Byrne said Fry had been dealing with "emotional matters" before the incident.

"Two good friends and a cousin of Mr Fry, all of similar age, had suicided in the months beforehand", he told the court.

Fry also had been "using methylamphetamine on a daily basis".

Mr Byrne presented five letters of reference to the court and said Fry was attending Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug treatment services, had gained work at a Proserpine tyre shop and his chances of rehabilitation had improved.

Judge Richards adjourned the case until Tuesday. Fry was remanded in custody.


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