REMINDER: John Cole’s tattoo (LEFT) and partner in crime Shailee Jane Kingston’s matching ink.
REMINDER: John Cole’s tattoo (LEFT) and partner in crime Shailee Jane Kingston’s matching ink.

Bank bandit gets branded following Ipswich robbery

A COURT has heard how a convicted armed robber had his accomplice's name tattooed on his arm when he held up a bank earlier this year.

John Robert Cole and his "partner in crime" Shailee Jane Kingston, were involved in an armed robbery in Ipswich in 2011 - an offence that Cole was still on parole for when he committed an armed robbery at the Westpac Bank in Rockhampton on January 8 this year.

The 34-year-old was found guilty this week in Rockhampton District Court and was subsequently sentenced to nine years behind bars.

The court heard that following the Ipswich robbery, Cole and Kingston had each other's names and wads of cash tattooed on their skin - along with the words; "Partner in crime."

Crown prosecutor Dean Jones told the court Cole entered the Rockhampton Westpac branch at 3.30pm on January 8, dressed in a disguise.

The court heard Cole told the teller he had a gun and demanded money.

The robber then fled the scene on foot.

In the four-day period that followed the robbery, Cole spent more than $10,000 of the loot on poker machines, a $3200 BMW and $900 worth of sports wear and shoes.

Mr Jones said Cole was caught when he returned to the Foot Locker store at Stockland Rockhampton and came face-to-face with the bank manager.

Cole fled the shopping centre in such a hurry after seeing the bank manager that he left his purchases behind. Cole will be eligible for parole on December 21, 2021.


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