Drug addict who carjacked Toowoomba taxi sent to jail – Australia News


A DRUG addicted man who carjacked a taxi at knife-point in Toowoomba has been jailed for three years.

William Kenneth James Brown appeared in custody before the city’s District Court yesterday, 12 months to the day he committed the offence.

The 31-year-old had hailed a taxi at the Caltex Service Station on the cnr of Ruthven and James Sts about 3.25am, August 29, last year, the court heard.

When they arrived at the residence to which Brown had directed the driver, he had tried to pay the fare with his EFTPOS card which was declined, Crown prosecutor Shontelle Petrie said.

Becoming agitated, Brown had then produced a 20cm knife prompting the driver to exit the taxi in fear, she said.

The 31-year-old had then tried to rip the taxi’s CCTV camera off before climbing into the driver’s seat and driving away, Ms Petrie told the court.

Taxi cabs being fitted with GPS tracking devices, the cab was soon found but Brown had left.

However, he was soon found by police and taken into custody.

He pleaded guilty to armed robbery, unlawfully using a motor vehicle and wilful damage arising from that incident as well as to a series of unrelated offences the most serious of which was a serious assault of police in which he had punched a police woman in the mouth during an altercation.

His barrister Janice Crawford told the court her client came from a dysfunctional background and had a long-standing drug problem.

Her client had mental health issues and had been off his medication as well as intoxicated on drugs when he committed the armed robbery, she said.

However, Brown was now medicated and had done a number of courses during the 12 months he had…

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