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Robber shut victim in freezer

A CURRIMUNDI baker was shut in a freezer during a late-night robbery by a nearby resident.

Jonny Jake Keys also threatened to shut the baker in the oven, stab his family, and kill him if he went to the police.

Keys pleaded guilty in the Maroochydore District Court yesterday to robbing the Pacific Haven Bakery on November 14, 2011, and one count of wilful damage.

The court heard Keys had gone to the back of the bakery after attending a 21st birthday and asked for food.

When the baker went to get something for him to eat, Keys forced his way in through a security door and became more demanding and aggressive.

The baker slid the door open to escape from the freezer and gave Keys a bag containing a $220 float.

Barrister Steve Courtney said his client could not recall the events of the night and did not contest the facts presented to the court.

Mr Courtney said his client had been using drugs and alcohol since he was a teenager and his attempts at abstinence failed on the night of the robbery.

Keys, 39, had written a relapse prevention and management plan during the year he had spent in custody on remand, he said.

Judge John Robertson said the true test of Keys' resolve would come upon his release.

Keys was sentenced to three years in jail, but taking the time spent in presentence custody into account, he will be due for parole on February 11.

Topics:  robbery


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