Pizza Hut manager assaulted after challenging would-be thieves on the Gold Coast
A Queensland pizzeria manager asked a gunman if $200 was worth going to jail, before chasing – and being assaulted by – another would-be robber, a court has heard.
Hayden Michael Kight, one of the two men involved in the crime, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and assault in Southport District Court on Wednesday.
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The court heard Kight, 22, and another man tried to rob the Pizza Hut in Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast in November last year.
A 20-year-old man, who was also charged over the incident, has not yet pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery and possession of a dangerous drug.
The court was told the pair arrived at the store at 10.25pm, around closing time, when Kight stood watch at the front door and the young man demanded money from the manager .
Their faces were covered with masks and sunglasses.
The court heard staff initially thought the theft was a hoax, before the manager questioned the wisdom of the men’s actions.
“Are you sure? $200 isn’t worth going to jail for,” the manager said.
The court heard the young man reply, “I have bills to pay” and pulled out a large kitchen knife from his shorts.
However, the manager refused to hand over any money, and the couple left empty-handed.
The manager chased the two men but was assaulted by Kight.
He was not injured in the attack.
The two men were arrested shortly thereafter.
On Wednesday, Judge Deborah Holliday acknowledged Kight was not the primary culprit, but said her role in the offense was “significant”.
“Your role is nevertheless important, you were ready to give real help,” she said.
A defense attorney told the judge that Kight was so “embarrassed” by his actions that he had yet to tell his father.
Kight was sentenced to two and a half years in prison but was granted immediate parole.
– With Courtney Dunn