Bayonet robber walks free after winning shorter sentence

A MARYBOROUGH shop owner has expressed her disappointment with the sentence handed down to a man who robbed her store with a bayonet in September last year.

Jamahl Larull Paul, 27, appeared before Maryborough District Court last month and pleaded guilty to robbery while armed.

He was sentenced to three years in prison.

However Paul was released on immediate parole, having already severed 265 days on pre-sentence custody.

Carmela Dal Pozzo, owner of the Lennox St Store, said the punishment hardly seemed fair when she thought about the impact the robbery had on the two young women working that afternoon.

"It's something they'll never forget for the rest of their lives," Ms Dal Pozzo said.

She said while the event had been traumatic for the two women, they were doing well.

"They are good, they have recovered quite well," Ms Dal Pozzo said.

Ms Dal Pozzo said she felt Paul should have been made to serve more of the three year sentence.

"It's not much of a deterrent," she said.

"He has served less than a quarter of the sentence."

But Ms Dal Pozzo was full of praise for the efforts of police, who were left with the difficult task of tracking Paul down after the robbery.

CCTV released after the incident showed Paul approaching the counter with a blade.

He was shown aggressively pushing items off the counter in the footage.

He demanded money from the shop assistant and after taking the cash, he ran from the store.

His face was obscured by cloth and he was wearing a hat, black hooded jumper, dark pants and gloves.

Ms Dal Pozzo said it was a warning to other would-be offenders that Paul was quickly tracked down by police.

"It will set an example, how quickly he was caught."

Ms Dal Pozzo said the store continued to have top notch security systems in place, but she was hoping her staff wouldn't have to go through an ordeal like that again.

Greta Anne Francis, 38, Paul's alleged accomplice, is yet to face court.


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