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Vic dad used knife to steal drug money

AAP logoAAP 1/12/2016 Jacqueline Le

A 20-year-old Victorian father of five has admitted threatening shop assistants with a knife so they would give him cash to buy drugs.

Ryan Taylor has pleaded guilty to robbing two stores in Springvale and threatening shop assistants with a knife unless they gave him money, cigarettes and alcohol.

Taylor, who has no contact with his children, was using methamphetamine on a daily basis at the time of the robberies, defence lawyer John Riordan told the Victorian County Court on Thursday.

"He committed the offences in order to obtain cash for drugs," he said.

Taylor waited until two liquor store employees had almost finished locking up when he approached them from behind on July 2.

He held a large kitchen knife to one of the men's backs and forced them to re-enter the store.

Taylor forced one employee to give him $400 in cash from the register and demanded the second employee hand over his bank card and pin.

He then stole $350 worth of alcohol and cigarettes and jumped into a waiting car being driven by a 17-year-old.

Two days later, Taylor threatened a female service station employee with a knife before making off with cash, tobacco pouches and cans of energy drinks.

"The victims in each case were vulnerable victims," prosecutor Jonathan Manning said.

"They can be considered 'soft targets'."

Mr Riordan said his client is remorseful.

"He says he wouldn't like somebody to do that to him."

The court was told Taylor began using drugs at a young age and had been using methamphetamine since he was 14.

The prosecution says Taylor should be jailed, while the defence argues he should be given a chance to address his underlying psychological issues at a youth justice facility.

Taylor will be sentenced at a later date.

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