A MAN who filled his trolley at Woolworths Baldivis and walked out of the store has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Selim Ibrahim Dal was convicted of robbery while pretending to be armed after his two-day trial ended on August 4.
Judge Gail Archer said she was going to send Dal to prison because of factors including his dishonesty, lack of remorse and his denial that he had threatened the victim.
Police said Dal went to Woolworths at the Stockland Shopping Centre in Baldivis on August 11, 2016 at about 8pm, intending to steal groceries.
Filling a trolley with items, he pushed it towards the exit before a female staff member directed him to a checkout.
He pretended to follow her direction before walking through the checkout and out of the store.
She said ‘excuse me’ and grabbed the trolley to get him to stop.
Dal grabbed her wrist and swore profanities.
She then let go, but followed him as he pushed the trolley further away from the store.
Dal said to her, ‘Let me go or I will stab you with a knife’ and made a motion with his arm as if he was about to pull out a knife.
The victim believed him, although she did not see a knife, and let Dal go.
Judge Archer said the 35-year-old had lied in a pre-sentence report by stating there had been positive changes in his life, but the information was unable to be verified.
She said Dal’s history of methamphetamine use was likely to have contributed to the crime, but as it was a personal choice to take the drug, it was not a mitigating factor.
“I do not accept that you are remorseful,” she said.
“In your evidence, you falsely claimed that you did not threaten the female staff member and said you only had spoken about showing her a receipt.
“The jury rejected that explanation and, in my view, they were right to do so. It was absurd.
“Your claims in that respect were entirely inconsistent with any remorse on your part.
“You continued to deny threatening that you would stab the female staff member when you spoke to the writer of the PSR, and you have no empathy for her at all.
“It is a fact of life that sometimes people do try to steal from stores, and if the stores were going to put into place mechanisms that prevented that from happening, it would make the shopping experience a nightmare, because you would be having to go through security checks and locks and gates, like being at the airport.
“Instead, they get employees, like the victim, to challenge people like you who are trying to leave the store without paying for goods.
“For her trouble, you treated her in the way that you did. I accept that it would have been a very traumatic, frightening experience for her.”
Judge Archer sentenced Dal to two years imprisonment with eligibility for parole. It was backdated to April 4, 2017 when he was first taken into custody.