A man who threatened to taser a Chemist Warehouse security guard has been handed a suspended sentence
The Herald Sun reports that Samuel George Tzeegankoff pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, attempted theft and aggravated assault over aggressive conduct which took place on one day in August 2018.
Mr Tzeegankoff got on a bus at Adelaide’s Salisbury Interchange at about 6.30pm and proceeded to urinate on the floor, a District Court has heard.
He then took out a butane lighter and used it to threaten the bus driver, telling him that he would shoot the driver if he did not hand over money.
The driver was aware that the object was a lighter, not a gun, but was still frightened due to the defendant’s aggressive behaviour, the judge noted.
Mr Tzeegankoff left the bus with about $15 in coins from the driver’s cash box, and then went to the Chemist Warehouse at a shopping centre in Salisbury.
Here, he tried to steal an empty toothbrush package and a bottle of indigestion treatment.
When confronted by a security guard, he put these back where he had found them, and held what the judge described as “an item” in front of the guard, claiming it was a taser.
Mr Tzeegankoff “then proceeded to push that item into his stomach,” the Herald Sun reports.
He was soon arrested and had been in custody until facing Court this week.
He was sentenced to one year and four months in prison, with a non-parole period of two months. This sentence took into consideration time served.
The sentence was suspended on the condition that Mr Tzeegankoff enter a two-year good behaviour bond.