Murderers get less jail time than me, burglar says

A chaotic criminal life followed a dysfunctional, drug-addled upbringing.
A chaotic criminal life followed a dysfunctional, drug-addled upbringing. John Weekes

A THIEF who argued his jail term was worse than murderers get has had his jail term slashed.

Robert Allan Charles Hill, 31, was sentenced in Brisbane District Court in February on 27 charges.

The most serious offences were burglary and stealing. For those, he was given three years jail.

He got the same term for dangerous driving with the aggravating feature that he was intoxicated - a feature challenged at Queensland Court of Appeal.

Hill was told in February to do the time on top of a sentence he was already serving.

The latest dramas started in 2008 when Hill was sentenced to eight years jail for armed robberies and property offences.

He was released on parole but re-offended in 2011 and was jailed again.

Again, in 2015 he was released and re-offended.

Hill broke into a home, pinching a handbag while a woman and her children were home.

The next month, Hill broke into a car and drove from Brisbane to Yarraman.

He drove at high speeds, crossing double lines when overtaking, causing other drivers to take evasive action.

When caught, he told cops he had injected ice earlier that day.

Hill was also charged with causing public nuisance at Toowoomba Hospital, where he was being treated.

After his 2015 crime spree, he was kept in custody for 16 months.

It was possible to view those months as time served under a total jail term of 14 years, Justice Peter Applegarth wrote in a new appeal court judgment.

This term started in 2008 and had a full-time discharge date of 21 February 2021, the judge added.

"As [Hill] sees it, and as he explained it to this court, "it's a 17-year sentence ... murderers get less, you know.”

Director of Public Prosecutions barrister Vicki Loury said there was an apparent error at the February sentencing.

The district court judge got the the impression the "aggravating” feature of Hill's dangerous driving offending was intoxication.

Actually, the feature was a 2002 dangerous driving conviction.

When he was 16, Hill stole a car and sped off with the owner being dragged alongside it before falling off.

Justice Applegarth said Hill started doing drugs aged 12 or 13 and spent most of his adult life in jail.

The three-year terms were cut to two years.

Hill is now eligible for parole on December 15, instead of in February.


Topics:  burglary crime spree drugs justice peter applegarth queensland court of appeal toowoomba hospital yarraman

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