Armed robber who shot dog squad boss cops long jail term

THE armed robber who shot a Gold Coast dog squad officer in the face during a botched getaway in Arundel has been sentenced.

Robert George Speedy must serve 80 per cent of a 21 year jail term, after being declared a serious violent offender.

The 49-year-old and his accomplice, Jake Daniel Watson, had just fled from the Arundel Tavern, where they stole $40,000, when cornered by Sergeant Gary Hamrey.


Speedy fired a sawn-off gun at close range, hitting the Police veteran in the face, with a pellet entering his cheek and coming out behind his ear.

An emotional victim impact statement from Sgt Hamrey was read out in Brisbane Supreme Court today, where he revealed he still suffers nerve pain and post traumatic stress from the incident.

“On the 27th of September 2013 you made a conscious effort to end my life,” Sgt Hamrey wrote to Speedy.

“I will always remember the moment when you chose to shoot me. I think about that every day.

“The pain was intense and made me feel sick.”


Speedy is a drug addict who has spent most of his life behind bars and has a long history of armed robberies and assaults on police officers.

Watson, 25, was sentenced to eight years’ jail for his role on the night, as well as for an earlier armed robbery and weapons possession.