A man who helped rob a creep who sent their friend a photo of his penis has admitted pulling a gun at him.
On Tuesday, Christopher Tolj pleaded guilty to a charge of armed robbery over the terrifying incident, which earned him and his friends $ 10 and an iPhone 8, the latter of which was dumped.
The 27-year-old has been behind bars anywhere for up to 25 years for the attack, of which he is accused of being the leader.
Christopher Tolj took offense at a creep who sent inappropriate photos to a friend. He would have solved the case with a gun
Christopher Tolj pleaded guilty to armed robbery charge after his partner ridiculed him for sweet plea deal
An unsolicited photo of a man’s penis sent via a dating app is said to have prompted a dramatic late-night ambush with a gun and a garden pole. Chris Tolj (center) pleaded guilty to armed robbery
Tolj was scheduled to contest the allegations at a preliminary hearing in Geelong before announcing he would plead for the charges.
In reality, the disabled employee had little choice after a co-defendant became a witness to the prosecution last month.
Shaun Baensch, 26, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, with a nine-month non-parole term for his role in the terrifying attack.
Four people were arrested in connection with the bizarre incident, which took place on May 3, just outside the Victorian city of Geelong.
On Baensch’s verdict, it was revealed that Tolj, Baensch and Danielle Misiti, 31, were all charged with armed robbery due to the incident, including a gun and a garden pole.
While Misiti escaped conviction after pleading guilty on lesser charges, Baensch was jailed after pleading guilty to armed robbery.
He appeared before the County Court of Victoria, where Judge Justin Hannebery praised him for his cooperation before jailing him.
The court had heard that the victim was hardly a genuine citizen herself.
“He’s not your normal innocent person you see walking down the street,” Baensch’s lawyer Jane Warren had argued at the time.
The alleged victim sent the X-rated meet-up request through location-based dating app Skout
Christopher Tolj is accused of robbing a $ 10 creep and his phone after taking offense at a photo he sent a girlfriend
The court was informed that the alleged victim had offered Misiti the opportunity to come to his home for a ‘puff session’.
He had messaged her through the dating app Skout.
Accompanied by his offer to use drugs was a photo of his penis.
Furious at the sexual proposition, the group arranged to meet the man at his home before agreeing to catch up in the Ocean Grove Hotel parking lot.
It was about 4:45 am when Tolj and Baensch arrived and “hid in the shadows” until the Skout user showed up.
Misiti had called the man to ambush him.
The court heard the couple jumped out, with Tolj reportedly brandishing a long-arm rifle and Baensch a garden pole.
Police allege that Tolj said, ‘Do you like crawling girls online, do you? I’ll shoot you. Do you think I’m gonna give af ** K? ‘
The court heard that the man was marched to his home at gunpoint, where an iPhone 8 and $ 10 cash were stolen.
Christopher Tolj is facing a prison sentence after being found guilty of armed robbery
Christopher Tolj was expected to dispute allegations of pulling a gun at a creep, but changed his mind after a helmsman agreed to testify against him
The phone was later dumped by the group.
Baensch – a Geelong painter – was arrested and interviewed by police on May 13.
The court had learned that Tolj had a decent chance of convincing a jury that he was innocent without evidence from his partner.
Baensch agreed to testify against him at his upcoming trial in exchange for a lighter sentence.
His attorney told Judge Hannebery that her client now lived in fear that he would turn out to be a witness to the prosecution.
She told the court that Baensch had already been visited by two Tolj employees, whom she claimed were trying to persuade him to change his statement to the police.
“He will live with that constant fear that people will find out that he is a witness to the prosecution, that he is a dog and that is going to weigh on him quite heavily in my opinion,” said Ms. Warren.
Tolj remains out on bail in the community for the time being.
Like his former helmsman, he will be sentenced in October by Judge Hannebery in the County Court of Victoria.