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Aussie Poker Robber Jailed

Dope-Fiend Loses Appeal Against Violent Robbery Of Poker Player And Must Serve Minimum Of Two Years In Jail

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Dwayne Johnstone, a 34-year-old drug addict from Melbourne, Australia, has lost his appeal against a minimum two-year jail sentence for assaulting and robbing a poker player in the city in 2008 according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Johnstone stole $31,075 from Jason Potter after watching him collect his Aussie Millions winnings at the Crown Casino in 2008. He followed Potter to his hotel, struck him on the head, and took the money at knifepoint.

A recidivist convict with 69 previous convictions, Johnstone was at the time on parole for being a getaway driver in another violent robbery. The court heard he was smoking ice and marijuana prior to the attack.

It also heard he was brain damaged from being assaulted himself but the Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal on these grounds, saying the offence was well planned and co-ordinated and upheld his four-year sentence, of which he will serve two before being eligible for parole.