Feeds

Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

Drunk gamer caper? Not good enough. 2 years in chokey, pal

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

An Australian gamer will be jailed for two years for armed robbery after using the novel defence that he and his friends had been trying to re-enact the game Grand Theft Auto while drunk.

He pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge.

Kristian Allan Coulter Scott was one of three men who held up a service station last year. Scott threatened the station attendant while one juvenile accomplice did likewise with a knife and a second juvenile kept watch outside. The three made off with cash and cigarettes.

Scott had drunk rather a lot of alcohol at the time of the incident by his own admission, and - according to the judge - was "likely affected by cannabis".

South Australia, where the crime took place, permits residents to grow one cannabis plant and to possess up to 100 grams of leaf or 20 grams of resin. The State has, however, made it illegal to cultivate cannabis hydroponically, after previous versions of its laws led to super-strong weed becoming worryingly prevalent within its borders.

Scott's defence, according ABC News, relied in part on an assertion he “tried to emulate or replicate the [video] game in real life”.

Judge Paul Rice of the Adelaide District Court was having none of that, remarking: "That game is a well-known and well-used game and this is the first time I've heard it said that it may have been the basis upon or the reason for which an offender then went on to rob a service station.”

Scott's accomplices were dealt with by children's courts, with the knife-wielder copping a month in juvie and the lookout receiving a suspended sentence.

Scott was sentenced to four years and 11 months, at least two years of which will be "non-parole" (actually in jail), with Judge Rice suggesting time inside is deserved because the service station attendant has suffered psychological problems in the wake of the robbery. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.