ACT court sentences Jake Tony Walden to suspended prison term after aggravated robbery at Amaroo pharmacy | The Canberra Times

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A “really drunk” and drugged, knife-wielding robber who stole medication from a pharmacy twice in a week, blamed the “f——g dog veterinary bills” for his actions, causing his victims sleepless nights and had palpitations. Jake Tony Walden, 26, attacked an Amaroo dispensary on August 1-7 last year with both incidents involving knives, threats and Walden taking off on a bicycle after getting what he wanted. The ACT Supreme Court heard on Tuesday that employees first complied with his demands after he threatened them with a 10-cm knife. During the interaction, of which his face was easily seen on CCTV, he said, “I’m sorry, it’s just paying for dog vet bills”. Six days later, he reappeared at the pharmacy, but this time wearing a mask, which the sentencing judge concluded was because of COVID rather than an attempt to disguise. His weapon of choice was a hunting knife that was twice as long as the previous one. He again threatened the staff and demanded more medication, while saying words along the lines of “don’t be a hero if you don’t want a hole”. He left on this occasion with the medication in a plastic carrier bag before being arrested less than three weeks later. Walden, who worked as a concrete maker for his father, pleaded guilty to two charges of violent theft after initially denying authorities. MORE NEWS FROM THE COURT He was sentenced on Tuesday after the court heard that the victims were left “daunted, shocked and badly affected”. One in his victim statement expressed the shock he felt when Walden threatened to gouge his eyes out. After the attack, the victim suffered from anxiety, loss of sleep and palpitations. He constantly felt unsafe and considered changing professions after more than ten years of helping people. Walden — who told authorities he was “really drunk” and high on heroin, ice cream and cocaine when he offended — wrote a letter to the court expressing his regrets. “I’ve taken away their ability to feel safe and that absolutely sickens me,” he said. He also said he acknowledged it was something he now has to live with and that the transgression didn’t show who he really was. Acting Judge Richard Refshauge described the victim statement as a “sobering and disturbing reading”. “It [hunting knife] he looked violent,” he said. The judge said Walden was a relatively young offender with a limited criminal history, including two DUI offenses. He also said the offense showed only “incompetence and expediency” and that it version of what is still a very serious crime.” “There was limited planning and limited actual violence, but [only] threats and a relatively small amount,” he said. Acting Judge Refshauge sentenced Walden to three years and 11 months in prison, with a suspension from Tuesday after the perpetrator had already spent 118 days in custody. He found Walden fit to serve a two-year prison term. drug and alcohol treatment warrant as part of that suspended sentence. The judge said Walden had a serious disorder when he committed the offense. The offender will be subject to good conduct for the remainder of that probation term after treatment Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community, so you can continue to access our trusted content:



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