Port Kennedy man avoids jail term for robbery

A SUPREME Court Judge ruled against sending a Port Kennedy man to prison in the interest of his mental health.

Dylan Jye Vanzon (20) pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court on October 10 to aggravated armed robbery for threatening a service station attendant with a screwdriver in Leda on April 18.

Justice Jeremy David Allanson deemed a stint in prison would have a negative effect on Vanzon, citing a report by a psychiatrist.

“He records a significant history of substance abuse, including cannabis and alcohol from about the age of 13, and amphetamines from about the age of 17 or 18,” Justice Allanson said.

“He described you as a quite vulnerable young man with a depressive disorder, probably relating to the use of methylamphetamine, which has been untreated for some years. You also suffer abnormally from anxiety.

“(The psychiatrist) has expressed the opinion that your mental health is likely to deteriorate if you are given a custodial sentence.

Vanzon, while in the company of a boy aged 16, held up a service station in Leda earlier this year, armed with a screwdriver and a hammer.

They demanded money and cigarettes from the attendant. Vanzon had held the screwdriver to the attendant’s face while screaming and shouting at him.

About $300 40 packets of cigarettes and some meat pies were stolen.

Justice Allanson took into account Vanzon’s age, good record and early guilty plea.

“I have come to the view that you are at a pivotal period in your life when a period of immediate imprisonment would be harmful to your mental health,” he said.

“In this case, your rehabilitation and the public interest are consistent with each other.”

Vanzon was sentenced to one year and 10 months imprisonment, suspended for a period of 12 months.

Vanzon has already spent two months in custody for the offence.