Aussie Millions Poker Robber Loses Appeal

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Greg Tingle
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Aussie Millions Poker Robber

G'day punters, casino and media millionaires and billionaires, politicians and one and all. Australian casino have a reputation for being some of the world's most dangerous. Aussie casino security has been beefed up considerably over the past year or two, however the aftermath and carnage from years gone by still haunts us, and its enough to leave even the most seasoned convict sleepless. Media Man and Gambling911 get you a front row seat at the court with the latest in Australian casino legal action...

A mug punter and druggy who robbed an American poker player at knifepoint of his $31,000 grand in winnings as he departed Melbourne's Crown Casino has lost an appeal against his sentence we are pleased to report.

Dwayne Johnstone (no relation to The Rock), 34, and a co-accused mug decided to rob Jason Potter after a brain malfunction, when they witnessed him collect his hard earned winnings after leaving the Aussie Millions poker tournament at James Packer's Crown Casino on 21st January 2008.

As Potter returned to his hotel, Johnstone nailed him on the cranium, produced a knife with intent to harm, and called for his wallet and its contents.

The robbery netted $31,075, but the law caught up with the perpetrators.

Johnstone, who had just been released on parole for being a getaway driver in a nasty milk bar robbery, was hitting "ice" (drug) daily and using "mull" (cannabis) at the time of the heist.

During his court appeal, his defence team argued his 4-year jail term was way too big because it failed to take into account a brain injury he received from an earlier assault and his depression.

They argued it reduced his moral culpability and that he did not get enough credit for pleading guilty to charges of armed robbery, possession of a drug of dependence, and theft.

The Court of Appeal rejected the appeal, determining the sentence was reasonable and the sentencing judge was correct in finding the offence was well planned, coordinated, and not "impulsive".

Johnstone has a massive 69 prior convictions, will serve a 2 two years before being eligible for parole.

His co-accused, Vhyharn Arumughasamy, of Wheelers Hill, was put in the slammer in 2008 for a minimum 12 months after pleading guilty to armed robbery.

Crown Casino 'Aussie Millions' will start again mid January 2011, and we understand security will be stronger than ever, so don't get any funny ideas ok? 

Gambling911 has a vast array of news from Australian casinos, including a colourful range of crimes that have occurred at Packer's Crown over the years. 

Readers... er, punters, do you think Australian casinos are safer than they used to be, and why or why not? Tell us in the forum. If you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over it, and for God's sake, have fun.

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*Greg Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911

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