Justice Burns has shared this thoughts on the sentencing of one AC which contains this surprising passage:
Some time on 8 March 3012, a silver Subaru Impreza was taken without its owner’s authority from an address in Ainslie. At about 6 pm that day you were a passenger in that vehicle when it was driven by your co-offender to the Hackett shops. You were both wearing masks and gloves. You entered the IGA Supermarket carrying a .303 British Calibre Bolt-Action Repeating Rifle with a magazine inserted in the magazine well.
Your co-offender was carrying a green-coloured recyclable shopping bag. You both yelled at staff and customers in a threatening manner demanding money. Witnesses described one or both of you yelling “give us all your fucking money”, “give us your money cunt”, “open up the till, we are not joking” and “do you think we are joking this is a hold-up?”
There were four staff members working in the store at that time, three of them at the checkout, and at least six customers. Amongst the customers were a mother and her 6-year-old daughter who were at the checkout at the time that you and your co-offender entered into the supermarket.
One of the staff on the checkout had been to school with you and recognised your voice, in addition you had only the day before raised with him at a chance meeting the proposition of robbing the supermarket while he was at the checkout. He did not agree with this proposal.
You continued to threaten the staff of the store whilst they placed money in the green bag carried by your co-offender. A sum of $1,300.30 was taken. You both left the store and returned to the Subaru. At the Subaru you aimed the rifle over the top of the car at three people sitting on the opposite side of the car park and yelled “Don’t look or I’ll fucking kill you”. You got in the car and your co-offender also got in the car and your co-offender then drove off.
Nice that they used a recycled bag. And a bolt action 303 with a magazine sounds like a nice bit of shooter.
I console myself with the thought that if they had any more brains they’d be more dangerous.