Bull ‘N’ Bush armed robber gets six years

Bull ‘N’ Bush armed robber gets six years CAPTURED: CCTV footage of an attempted armed robbery at the Bull ‘N’ Bush at Medowie on April 10, 2014. Jak Farmer was sentenced to a maximum of six years in jail in Newcastle District Court on Friday.
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CAPTURED: CCTV footage of an attempted armed robbery at the Bull N Bush at Medowie on April 10, 2014.

CAPTURED: CCTV footage of an attempted armed robbery at the Bull N Bush at Medowie on April 10, 2014.

TweetFacebook CAPTURED: CCTV footage of an attempted armed robbery at the Bull ‘N’ Bush at Medowie on April 10, 2014. IT was late on the night of April 10, 2014, and things were calm at the Bull ‘N’ Bush Hotel at Medowie.

That was until two men –one armed with a pistol, the other with a machete –charged in and told the bar staff: “give us your money, give us your till”.

The man with the machete was Jak Farmer, then 18.

And on Friday in Newcastle District Court –during Farmer’ssentencing for charges of attempted armed robbery and supplying a prohibited drug on an ongoing basis – Judge Peter Berman was played the CCTV footage from the failed raid.

”Somewhat remarkably, neither of the bar staff appears to have been terribly concerned about what was happening,” Judge Berman said, perplexed.

“It was apparent from the video that they weren’t going to co-operate.”

The video then showsPort Stephens councillor Chris Doohan toss a chair at the would-be armed robbers before they flee to a waiting car.

“This was an offence of some considerable seriousness, even if the bar staff and patrons didn’t treat it as seriously as perhaps they should have,” Judge Berman said.

“The offenders ongoing supply activities were also serious criminal behaviour.

“He was a low level dealer, but one who is essential in the drug supply chain.

“Many people have been harmed by drug use and I’ve frankly gotten tired ofreferring to such harms in remarks on sentence such as these.

“In truth we are all harmed by drugs, drug use and thus drug supply.”

Telephone intercepts had revealed Farmer was supplying methylamphetamine, or ice,on an ongoing basis during the month after the attempted hold-up.

On April 18, 2014, Anzac Day, and a few times in May he provided amounts of the drug ranging from 100 milligrams to half a gram.

Before that, Farmer appeared to have been doing well in life.

But when he befriended a new group of people things started falling apart.

He got the sack, was kicked out of home and started using and supplying ice.

Farmer had served 810 days in jail before Friday’s appearance and Judge Berman said he would backdate his sentence to start on November 23, 2014.

But we wouldn’t acquiesce to a submission from Farmer’s barrister, Ben Bickford, who submitted he should be given time served.

Instead, Judge Berman sentenced Farmer to a maximum of six years in jail, with a non-parole period of three years.

Farmer will be eligible for parole in November this year.