Man fails to show pharmacy robbery sentence was unfair

A SUNSHINE Coast man has failed to argue his four-and-a-half year sentence for robbing a Bundilla pharmacy was manifestly excessive.

Jason John Bourke, who was 29 at the time, and Andrew Van Der Zee held the pharmacy at knifepoint about 11.40am on October 16, 2012, in a desperate quest for drugs.

They demanded the pharmacist open the drug safe and made off with more than $2000 worth of drugs.

It was the second robbery the pharmacist had been subjected to and trauma forced him to leave his job.

Bourke argued in the Queensland Court of Appeal that he wanted to explain he had been violently attacked, causing physical injury and mental trauma, which led to his opiate abuse and subsequent criminal behaviour funding a spiralling drug habit.

He also wanted to produce further unspecified documentation to the court.

Justice Philip Morrison, in a judgment handed down on Friday, said Bourke's heroin addiction and linked offending had been referred to in multiple sentences handed down since 1997 and this ground of appeal had little merit.

He said there was no evidence the extra documentation, which was never identified, would have warranted a different outcome.

The appeal was dismissed.


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