Dad jailed after breaking pharmacy owner’s nose
A DESPERATE drug addict who broke a pharmacist's nose and threatened him with a taser cried as he received a five-year jail term for the brutal act.
Nathan Allen Quinn, 32 of Tanawha, had the support of his partner and two-year-old daughter when he fronted Maroochydore District Court on two armed robbery charges, two attempted armed robberies, attempted armed robbery with violence and assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.
The court heard on October 18 last year, Quinn used an apparent taser to threaten shoppers and staff at two stores, starting with a Meridan Plains 7-Eleven.
Judge Glen Cash said as Quinn walked into the convenience shop, he threatened a customer then brandished the taser as he demanded the cashier hand over money.
Quinn stole a customer's wallet and tried to steal another before he fled.
Several hours later Quinn tried to rob pharmacy owner John Younan as he locked up the Caloundra 7 Day Midnight Chemist about 12.10am.
Mr Younan thought Quinn had taken off with his property and gave chase.
Quinn turned and repeatedly punched him in the face, breaking his nose.
Days after the assault, Mr Younan told the Daily he "thought he was going to die".
Quinn pleaded guilty on Monday to the offences, and today pleaded guilty to further charges including one of stealing.
The court heard on October 6 last year Quinn stole $79 in pokie-machine credits from a punter at a Sippy Downs Tavern.
Defence barrister Lily Brisick told the court her client had a difficult upbringing as the victim of domestic and sexual abuse, and was estranged from his immediate and extended family.
She said Quinn became dependant on drugs from a young age, particularly methamphetamine and heroin for the past decade.
Quinn claimed at the time of his offending, he had relapsed into drug use due to the stress of his daughter's serious illness.
The court heard Quinn had served prison time for other violent offences committed in New South Wales, including an armed robbery in 2008, a break and enter in 2011 and another armed robbery in 2014.
Quinn received a five-year head sentence with more than a year declared as time served, and parole eligibility in June next year.