Robber’s 'barbaric' bludgeoning of cow in front of teenager
A MAN who robbed a woman after visiting an ATM also bludgeoned a cow to death in front of a child, hacked off its hind legs and stored them in his fridge.
Ashley John Kym Hoffman, 36, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton District Court on Tuesday to one count of armed robbery and 16 other offences.
Crown prosecutor Will Slack said Hoffman's nine page criminal record, containing 72 individual convictions, was deplorable and included a wounding sentence from 2012.
Hoffman robbed Corina White, 37, after she attended an ATM near Northside Plaza about 12.40am on September 20, 2018.
Mr Slack said Miss White did not know Hoffman, but Hoffman knew of Miss White who was well-known in the community.
He said Hoffman, who had been riding his bicycle around in the Northside Plaza carpark, had watched Miss White go to the ATM.
Mr Slack said Hoffman then called her over before he grabbed her jumper, lifted his shirt and produced a knife during a scuffle.
He said Hoffman held the knife to Miss White's throat and told her: "Give me the money. Don't f--- with me."
"She gave him $80 and he rode off," Mr Slack said.
The court heard Miss White was traumatised by the incident, sustained a cut to her shoulder blade, grazed palm and broken fingernails.
Mr Slack said this offence was similar to the 2012 wounding offence where Hoffman first held a knife to his victim's throat and then the forehead which was wounded.
Hoffman was arrested on October 6 and charged over the armed robbery along with drug possession and other offending.
He trespassed on a farm on May 11 in the middle of the night, cornered a cow into a cattle crush and bludgeoned it to death in front of a 17-year-old.
Hoffman then cut off a hind leg which he stored in his fridge.
Judge Michael Burnett described the cow incident as disturbing while Mr Slack described it as barbaric.
Defence barrister Jordan Ahlstrand said Hoffman was high on methamphetamines at the time of the armed robbery and apologised to Miss White.
He said his client had been binge drinking and smoking marijuana regularly since he was 13, and moved on to meth when he was 17 or 19.
The court heard the teenager with Hoffman on the night of the cow incident told police as he hid behind a tree, he could hear the cow bellowing and did not think it had been killed without pain.
The cow sustained four blows to the head.
Judge Burnett said while the cow killing did not demonstrate sociopathic or psychopathic tendencies, it did demonstrate a disregard for the welfare of beasts.
Mr Ahlstrand said the evidence showed the cow had been cut up by someone with experience.
He said Hoffman had worked as a boner at meatworks.
He said his client was originally charged with animal cruelty but there was no evidence to back that.
Mr Ahlstrand said Hoffman had killed the cow for food.
"Most people go to the butcher if they need food," Judge Burnett said.
Hoffman also pleaded guilty to traffic offences after he was busted riding a stolen moped on June 27. The moped was unregistered and uninsured, and Hoffman was unlicensed.
Hoffman was sentenced to four years and nine months jail.
Judge Burnett declared 353 days presentence custody and set parole eligibility on May 5, 2020.
Hoffman was also disqualified from driving for six months.