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Theft of pizza, cash leads to drugs charges

A TIN Can Bay methamphetamine producer will spend Christmas behind bars, as he serves out sentences for making drugs and armed robbery.

Shaun Joseph Maudsley, 32, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Gympie District Court on November 14 to two-and-a-half years' jail for robbing a Noosa Heads pizza delivery driver at knife point and nine months jail for producing dangerous drugs.

The court heard Maudsley threatened the delivery driver with a green-handled fishing knife before taking a $33 cash float and pizza on January 13.

Judge Robertson said he thought Maudsley was high when he committed the offence, because he made no attempt to cover his actions, with police officers finding empty pizza boxes when they arrived at the house.

"This offence of armed robbery was quite a nasty example of a street armed robbery," the judge said.

"The most serious offence you've committed."

During a search of Maudsley's Tin Can Bay home on January 16, after his violent robbery, police uncovered what Judge Robertson described as a "pretty unsophisticated" meth lab.

He was charged with producing amphetamines between December 1 and 31, 2012 and with possessing a reaction vessel and condenser.

"The offence of producing methamphetamine is clearly related to your speed habit," Judge Robertson said.

"It's a serious offence because the maximum penalty is 20 years.

"I've got no doubt that you were attempting to produce for your own use, such was the extent of your habit."

The court heard Maudsley's charges also brought on two breaches in probation, which he received in Gympie Magistrates Court in September 2011.

He will serve a 12-month and a two-month suspended sentence concurrently, along with the nine-month sentence for producing the drugs.

The judge determined those sentences would be served on top of the armed robbery charge and Maudsley would be convicted and not further punished for the possession charge.

Topics:  crime drugs methamphetamine meth lab pizza police

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