A former Greenwell Point man who pleaded guilty to being an accessory before the fact of an armed robbery in Bomaderry in 2013 has been jailed for two years and three months.
Dean Scicluna, 27, will serve a minimum of 16 months before he is eligible for parole.
Scicluna was sentenced in Nowra District Court by Judge Anthony Garling on Tuesday.
The court heard Scicluna had encouraged and told another man how to undertake a robbery at the Bomaderry service station on October 26, 2013.
The man later used a pistol to rob the Woolworths Caltex Service Station on the Princes Highway.
Court papers said the offender had threatened the 22-year-old console operator, allegedly holding a pistol at the back of his head, before being given $300 and running towards the Bounty Motor Inn.
The court heard both Scicluna and the other man were living at the emergency accommodation provider, opposite the service station at the time.
Following the robbery police went to the complex and actually spoke to the alleged offender and two other people who were in the room in which Scicluna was staying.
He was allegedly in the bathroom at the time but the occupants denied any knowledge of the incident.
CCTV footage showed both men in the area on the day of the robbery, with the co-accused in the same clothing he later wore during the hold-up.
Following investigations police later charged the man with armed robbery.
A statement to police from another person confirmed Scicluna had in fact encouraged the man to commit the crime.
Court papers said he told the man, “Just demand the money…. Don’t touch anything….don’t talk too much….when you leave run around the back of the Bounty, knock on the back window and we’ll open it.”
He also told the man to hide the gun and his clothing in a bag in a wardrobe in the room.
Scicluna was issued with a court attendance notice on April 5 last year but failed to appear in court in October.
A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was apprehended in Marsden, Queensland in December.
He was extradited to NSW and has remained in custody ever since.
Scicluna will be eligible for release from April 27 next year.