A court has heard a man who robbed a Bendigo service station, in central Victoria, needed money to buy drugs.

Glen-Byrne Jones was wearing a hood and carrying a concealed knife when he went into the Epsom service station in August last year.

The County Court was told that after demanding a staff member hand over money, the 25 year old walked away with $400 before being arrested nearby a short time later.

He pleaded guilty yesterday to armed robbery.

The court heard Byrne-Jones became a drug addict after being introduced to heroin by his father.

Judge Paul Lacava described the man’s family circumstances as a disaster.

He is due to sentence Byrne-Jones on Friday and is considering whether to allow him to serve a community corrections order.

Extracted in full from ABC.