Appeal judges note pharmacies’ vulnerability to drug crime

Two brothers who robbed a Tasmanian pharmacy at knifepoint twice while high on ice have had their five-year sentences reduced by just one day, despite their claim that their punishment is “manifestly excessive”.

Timothy and Justin Streets appealed against their sentences for robbing the Burnie pharmacy of  Endone and Oxycontin.

But the appeal judges found the sentences were appropriate for the serious nature of the crimes and the need to protect businesses that are vulnerable to drug-motivated attacks.

They said pharmacies are especially vulnerable to drug-motivated robberies and “the employees of such businesses are entitled to the protection of the law by the imposition of deterrent sentences”.

They, however, allowed the appeal, but only to the extent that they reduced the men’s sentences by one day.

This was necessary because the trial judge had based