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Armed robbery victim left 'crying and convulsing'

A MOTHER of five was left shaking, crying and convulsing on a liquor shop floor in Mackay after a man robbed her at knifepoint.

South Mackay man Edward Michael Weber, 38, pleaded guilty and was jailed for the armed robbery in the District Court in Mackay yesterday.

Judge David Reid said the effect on the store person had been "dramatic" after Weber threatened her with a knife and robbed the till of $500 on July 23 last year.

He said the woman, who suffered the heart condition long QT syndrome had fallen onto the floor and gone into shock.

She was taken to hospital and diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety and was fitted with a defibrillator and pacemaker.

Judge Reid said the woman had been hospitalised for two weeks and was unable to work for 12 months. The financial strain meant she had to move house along with her five children.

He said a man had "thankfully intervened" at the liquor store and tackled Weber, injuring his knee.

Both Weber, whose knee was shattered and required surgical treatment, and the woman were taken to hospital afterwards.

The judge said Weber had expressed remorse to ambulance officers on the scene.

"You'd have to be pretty hard not to express your remorse, the poor woman had collapsed," he said.

Crown prosecutor Brendan White said Weber was a violent offender who had previously been jailed and breached bail and probation.

He presented CCTV footage that showed Weber wearing hi-vis and threatening the woman with a knife.

Defence barrister Phillip Moore said Weber had started drinking alcohol at about 10 years-old and smoking marijuana at 13.

He said he was intoxicated at the time of the robbery and had been immediately remorseful and had made an early guilty plea.

Mr Moore said the man had been prescribed medication for depression and bipolar disorder and had attended a drug and alcohol rehabilitation residence in the past.

He said the man had two children, born in 1999 and 2001.

Judge Reid said Weber had a "significant" criminal history, which included break and enter and stealing when he was 19 and assault and unlawful use of a motor vehicle in 2008.

He said the man needed ongoing supervision to deal with his alcoholism.

Weber was sentenced to four years in jail. He will be eligible for parole after 15 months.


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The incident occurred overnight.

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