THE man who held up the Portland Domino’s Pizza outlet and threatened to slit an employee’s throat with a knife has been jailed for four years.
Robert James Balcke, 32, ofBlackwood Court, faced the Warrnambool County Court on Wednesday when, represented by defence counsel Pat Howman, he pleaded guilty to one charge of armed robbery.
Judge Julian Leckie sentenced Balcke to four years imprisonment, with a minimum of two years and eight months to serve before he will be eligible for parole.
The court heard that the brazen daytime crime occurred on January 31 of this year at 1.45pm when Balcke rode his motorbike to Domino’s Pizza onPercy St,Portland.
Detective Sergeant Steve Brown, of Portland Criminal Investigation Unit, confirmed that Balcke entered the store wearing a motorbike helmet and goggles and, while holding a large knife, threatened to kill the employee if he didn’t give him all of the money.
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.