A Victorian man who attempted to rob a pharmacy while armed with a knife as a “cry for help” has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for the crime.
In sentencing Nicholas Durr for the attempted armed robbery, Judge Paul Lacava outlined the events of 23 September 2015, where Durr attempted to obtain Kapanol from the targeted pharmacy.
Durr went to the Amcal Pharmacy in Echuca to receive his daily dose of methadone, and while doing so, asked the pharmacist whether the police would supply him with methadone in the event he was arrested.
“You then attended at another pharmacy where you approached the dispensary counter and made demands of the attendant that you be supplied with the drug Kapanol,” Judge Lacava told Durr.
The second pharmacy, according to the Riverine Herald, was the Echuca Discount Drug Store.
“After you were told that Kapanol was not kept, you then demanded other drugs. In your demands, you said, ‘If I don’t get what I want, someone will get hurt’.
“Whilst this was occurring, you were seen to be reaching into a bag that you were carrying. It was later discovered that you were in fact armed with a knife.
“You did not directly threaten anyone with the knife but the shop attendant believed that you were able to carry out the threat you were making.”
Victim impact statements showed that while the attempted robbery was “unsophisticated and lacking in any planning,” it was a frightening experience for those confronted with the crime.
At the time of the offence, Durr was drug and alcohol affected and described as behaving in an “agitated and nervous” way.
Durr’s counsel said that the circumstances of Durr’s offending signified a cry on his behalf for help. The judge accepted this and that Durr’s guilty plea indicated remorse.
The sentencing was Durr’s eighth appearance before courts in Victoria.
Durr has been diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. A reference from his mother demonstrated that “you are a decent person who unfortunately has ruined your life by the consumption of drugs and alcohol,” Judge Lacava said.
For the attempted armed robbery, Durr was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, with a minimum term of 16 months. His 232 days’ pre-sentence detention were deducted as having been already served under the sentence.
Judge Lacava said Durr needed “a structure in which to abstain from drugs for a sufficiently long enough period and then some assistance to find accommodation and a pathway back to some kind of normal lifestyle”.