Justin Hemmes: Had a gun held to his head during a robbery. Photo: Wolter Peeters
A man involved in a string of robberies around Sydney, including one in which a gun was held to the head of Sydney bar owner Justin Hemmes, was not the "architect" of the crimes but more of a "gofer", a court has heard.
In the Sydney District Court on Friday, acting Judge Anthony Garling was told Laurence Glover, 26, got involved with a group of criminals through his older brother, Reynold Glover, who is in Goulburn's Supermax prison.
A jury in September found Laurence Glover and his co-accused Nathan Thomas Stuart, 29, and Bradley Carr, 28, guilty of robbing seven pubs. These included the Nelson Hotel in Bondi Junction and the Sands Hotel in Maroubra on May 4, 2011; the Rose of Australia Hotel in Erskineville and the Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills on June 7, 2011; and the Malabar RSL on July 18.
The group took approximately $7688 from Mr Hemmes' Excelsior Hotel.
In November, Stuart was sentenced to 16 years with a non-parole period of 10 years and Carr to 15 years with a non-parole period of nine years and four months.
Glover's barrister Michael Pickin told acting Judge Garling during a sentencing hearing on Friday that his client certainly took part in the armed robberies, but he was not the "initiator or architect of the enterprise".
Telephone intercepts of calls made between the offenders indicated Glover was more of a "gofer", who on one occasion "was asked to get milk as well", Mr Pickin said.
The hearing will resume on Monday.