Robber guilty of attempted murder of Gold Coast cop

AN armed robbery who shot a Gold Coast dog squad officer in the face has been found guilty of attempted murder.

49-year-old Robert George Speedy shot Sergeant Gary Hamrey in the cheek from close range with a .22 rifle after police cornered him and an accomplice in a Parkwood backyard in the early hours of September 27, 2013.

The pair were on the run after holding up the Arundel Tavern and getting away with $40,000.


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Speedy had pleaded guilty to three counts of armed robbery but not guilty to attempted murder.

Defence lawyer Rob East argued on Tuesday that Speedy did not intend to kill Sgt Hamrey and may have shot at the officer’s lit torch in a panicked bid to escape.

But Crown prosecutor Phil McCarthy said the logical conclusion was that Speedy shot to kill Sgt Hamrey in an attempt to avoid arrest.

 

Speedy will not be sentenced today over the shooting as he has been ordered to see a  psychiatrist first.

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