A YOUNG Sebastopol man who earlier this week was found guilty of bashing a vulnerable victim in a daylight group attack, has pleaded guilty to robbing a taxi driver while holding scissors to his throat.
Zac Brereton, 20, pleaded guilty to theft and armed robbery in the County Court at Ballarat yesterday.
The court was told the drug user was with another male on December 7 last year when he robbed the taxi driver of cash while armed with scissors.
Crown prosecutor Deborah Mandie said the victim was scared for his life during the attack and continued to suffer emotional trauma.
A victim impact statement read by the Crown said the driver now lived in fear of some customers and suffered anxiety at work.
The court heard Brereton lunged at the taxi driver with the scissors, holding them inches from the victim’s neck while demanding the driver to “give me everything you’ve got”.
The theft charge related to an incident on November 9 last year when Brereton stole alcohol and cigarettes from Sebastopol’s Royal Mail Hotel.
Brereton received a seven-month jail term on Tuesday after the Ballarat Magistrates Court found him guilty of affray over an attack on November 22, 2011, in which he and two other men bashed a man in Victoria Street.
Brereton’s defence counsel urged Judge Roy Punshon to consider a sentence in a youth justice centre, adding that time in an adult prison would have a negative effect on Brereton.
The defence said Brereton came from a family with a long history of drug abuse and that Brereton was a regular user of ice, heroin and marijuana.
Judge Punshon insisted two reports be completed before he could sentence Brereton. These include a report into his suitability for a youth justice centre and a pre-sentence report to determine other mitigating circumstances.
Brereton was remanded to reappear for sentencing on a date to be fixed.