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A masked bandit who robbed a McDonald's restaurant at gunpoint was overpowered by staff and customers during the heist. A Melbourne court heard on Monday that Tyler Forsyth, 20, threatened his three victims with a sawn-off bolt-action rifle at the family restaurant in Mulgrave last November at 12.20am.Prosecutor Jelena Malobabic said Forsyth pointed to firearm, which was not loaded but in working order, at the manager and two customers who all feared for their lives.Ms Malobabic told the County Court that Forsyth stole $700 from the till and demanded the wallets of the customers he had ordered onto their knees at gunpoint.She told Irene Lawson that the two customers then approached Forsyth from behind, tackled him to the ground and subdued him.Forsyth later made full admissions to police and said he committed the armed robbery to repay an old drug debt from people who drove him to the restaurant.His lawyer, Camille Woodward, said Forsyth told police in a record of interview he “felt like a dickhead” for committing the offence. Forsyth also apologised for his conduct, which he admitted had made his victims feel that their lives were at risk.
Ms Woodward said Forsyth, supported in court by his father and other relatives, had been a drug user but in custody since the offence he had taken effective steps towards rehabilitation.
Forsyth, formerly of Heatherton, pleaded guilty to four charges including three of armed robbery.
Judge Lawson remanded him in custody for him to be assessed for a youth justice centre order.