The pair armed themselves with a tomahawk and a baton, and covered their faces with handkerchiefs before they entered the Albion store.
The pair armed themselves with a tomahawk and a baton, and covered their faces with handkerchiefs before they entered the Albion store. File photo

Men lose appeal over violent axe robbery

TWO men involved in a violent jewellery store robbery where the owner's foot was severed with a tomahawk have failed to have their convictions overturned.

Nathan John Rickards and Tobias John Anthony Turner were jailed for eight and nine years respectively for their roles in the violent robbery in Brisbane in 2016.

The pair armed themselves with a tomahawk and a baton, and covered their faces with handkerchiefs before they entered the Albion store.

The owner, Zsolt Kovacs, and two employees were forced into the workshop and restrained with metal cable ties.

Rickards and Turner then started ransacking the shop.

When Mr Kovacs broke free and tried to stop the robbery, he was repeatedly hit in the back of the head with the tomahawk.

His foot was then severed.

The thieves, one of whom had his disguise knocked off during the altercation, made off with a large amount of jewellery.

They were later arrested and linked to the robbery by DNA evidence, confessions made to associates, and eyewitness descriptions.

Rickards and Turner appealed their convictions, arguing they were unsound because the jury had been improperly directed about evidence linking them to the robbery.

Turner also argued the entire jury should have been discharged when the judge ruled one juror was incapable of properly considering the evidence.

However, the Court of Appeal on Tuesday found there had been no miscarriage of justice, and that the evidence supported a guilty verdict.

The court dismissed both appeals against conviction.


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