Owen Kenneth Matthew Carpenter was sentenced to three years' jail for stealing a car at knifepoint with his pregnant partner from CastleTown Shopping Centre.
Owen Kenneth Matthew Carpenter was sentenced to three years' jail for stealing a car at knifepoint with his pregnant partner from CastleTown Shopping Centre.

Teenage couple steal car and offer to return it

A couple who stole a woman's car at knifepoint politely asked their victim how they could return the vehicle to her before driving away.

Owen Kenneth Matthew Carpenter, 20, and Tory Casey Nute, 18, were on holiday in Townsville at the time of the robbery on March 18 this year.

The Townsville District Court heard Carpenter and Nute approached a 23-year-old woman loading groceries into her car in the CastleTown Shopping Centre car park about 6.30pm.

Carpenter asked to use her phone to call a cab but she replied she did not have credit on her mobile.

 

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The court heard Carpenter asked the woman if there was a bus to Kelso and she replied she wasn't sure. At that point Carpenter lifted his shirt to reveal a kitchen carving knife tucked into his pants.

Crown prosecutor Amanda Payne told the court Carpenter told the woman "give me the keys".

The victim handed over her keys and Carpenter gave them to Nute and told her to drive.

Carpenter then asked the woman her address so he could drop the car back to her later that night.

After the robbery, the victim posted on social media that her car had been stolen.

Ms Payne told the court that at 9pm a man recognised the car from the post and saw Nute holding a knife outside the passenger window.

The court heard the man followed the car to IGA Kirwan and called the police.

The duo was caught a short time later.

Carpenter pleaded guilty to nine charges including one count armed robbery in company, one count going armed so as to cause fear and one count unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Nute pleaded guilty to six charges including one count robbery armed in company and one count unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Defence barrister for Carpenter, Harvey Walters told the court his client suffered from anxiety and depression.

Mr Walters presented the court a letter of apology written by Carpenter explaining he had a "heavy drug addiction" to ice and was not thinking clearly during his "drug rampage".

Defence barrister for Nute, Dane Marley told the court his client was currently four months pregnant and had a limited criminal history.

Judge Lynham declared the 76 days that Carpenter and Nute had spent in pre-sentence custody.

Carpenter was sentenced to three years' jail with a parole release date set at March 17 next year.

Nute was sentenced to two-and-a-half years' jail with a parole release date set at September 17 this year.

Originally published as Teenage couple steal car and offer to return it