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A Petrol Station in Woodridge, Queensland, Australia was robbed by a Knife-wielding woman

A petrol station in Compton Road, Woodridge was robbed by a Knife-wielding woman. It was reported that the woman stole cash from the counter after threatening the female employee on duty.

While no injuries were done, the employees of the Petrol Station were terrified of the incident. Robbery is considered as the most serious property offences. Under the Chapter 38 s409 of the Criminal Code Act 1899 of Queensland, as amended, is committed if ‘Any person who steals anything, and, at or immediately before or immediately after the time of stealing it, uses or threatens to use, actual violence to any person or property in order to obtain the thing stolen or to prevent or overcome resistance to its being stolen.’

Robbery is often associated to high stakes crimes like Bank Robbery and Hold up. However there are several instances where a robbery can be committed in less violent methods such as:

  • Person who confronts another in the street and threatens to stab the latter with a ballpoint pen if the latter do not give him his possessions;
  • Person who pretends to have a dangerous weapon in his possession, even though he does not have one, and threatens to use the same against another person if the latter will not give him his money;

In this case, the women who employed the use of the knife, effectively threatening the employees of the Petrol Station, in stealing and coveting the cash behind the cash register of the said Petrol Station is guilty of Robbery. Thus the police who had put her on their wanted list may apprehend her anytime.

After charging the offender with Robbery and found guilty with the same offence, the Court may sentence the offender with up to 14 years of imprisonment as provided under s411 of the Criminal Code Act.

Robbery offences can be dealt with the District Court. If the Offender opts to argue his guilt, he must face the proceeding of the case before the judge and a jury composed of twelve persons. A committal hearing is required before the said case can be lodged before the District Court. In this Preliminary Hearing before the Judge, the Offender must show that the charges against him should be dismissed. Otherwise a full blown trial must be heard according to the merits of the case.

Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.

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