Ampol armed robbery brings jail sentence

A MAN who threatened to stab a Grafton service station worker before robbing him of money and cigarettes was jailed for four years in Grafton District Court this week.

Jamiane Lee Stedman, 22, faced charges of armed robbery with an offensive weapon relating to the hold-up of the Ampol service station on the corner of Prince and Oliver streets on October 14 last year.

Police said an intoxicated Stedman had been questioned near the service station about 15 minutes before the robbery and said he was on his way home from a friend's house.

The 20-year-old Ampol employee said he had been washing his hands in a sink near the counter when Stedman ran into the store.

Stedman threatened the attendant with a 25cm-long jagged piece of timber and said, 'give me the f****ing money or I'll stab and bash you'.

According to his statement, the attendant advised Stedman of the three video cameras monitoring the shop and told him he would get caught because the last person who held up the service station did.

Stedman repeatedly yelled threats and demanded the attendant fill a plastic bag with cash from the till before running from the shop, quickly stopping to grab a pack of cigarettes on the way out.

Police found Stedman a short distance away from the service station.

A plastic bag filled with $765 was found nearby.

Stedman was arrested on suspicion of the robbery and taken to Grafton police station but an interview was deferred due to his intoxication.

Police used video footage from the Ampol to identify the clothing worn by the robber, later compared to pictures taken of the clothing Stedman was arrested in.

Judge Morgan sentenced Stedman to four years' jail with a minimum two year non-parole period.

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