Mugging bystander given jail term
Coleman, 19, currently of Grafton jail, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Lismore District Court to robbing a man at Tweed Heads West on August 8 last year with a group of other people and, a day later, with breaking into the News at Kingscliff newsagency.
The court heard Coleman and several other people jumped from a car at Tweed Heads West to mug a man walking on the footpath.
One of the group punched the man while another menaced him with a knife before they made off with a satchel containing two laptop computers and a wallet containing $5 cash.
The following night, between August 9 and 10, 2008, Coleman broke into the newsagency searching for cash to feed his drug habit. He found none.
The court heard police had not yet brought a case against the people Coleman named as his co-offenders.
The only reason they had pinned the crimes on him was that he had handed himself in and admitted to them.
Judge James Black sentenced Coleman to four years’ prison, with a 30-month non-parole period, for the robbery; and to two years’ prison for the burglary.
His sentences were backdated to December 25 last year to cover time already served.