22 November 2018

DPP appeals sentence for armed robbery

The Director of Public Prosecutions has lodged an appeal against the sentence imposed on a man who violently robbed five people at gunpoint.

Michael Heyfron pleaded guilty in the County Court to four charges of armed robbery and individual charges of theft of a motor vehicle, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, obtaining property by deception and obtaining financial advantage by deception.

He was sentenced on October 5 this year to four years’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of two years.

On 22 November 2017, Heyfron and a co-offender were driving a stolen car when they pulled up alongside another car containing five passengers. Heyfron, who was in the front passenger seat, pointed an imitation handgun at the passengers and demanded they exit the car. As they attempted to accelerate away the co-offender discharged a round from a sawn-off shotgun before cornering their vehicle in a dead-end street. Heyfron and the co-offender pointed their weapons at the passengers as they exited the car and demanded money, mobile phones and wallets.

The DPP, Kerri Judd QC, has lodged an appeal on the basis that the individual sentences, orders for cumulation, the total effective sentence and the non-parole period are manifestly inadequate.

For further information contact:

Danielle Alosi

03 9603 7858