A teenager who robbed a Launceston bottle shop only to be chased down by the bar's customers has appeared in the Supreme Court in Launceston.
Last year Rhys Albert Tapp, then 18, stole five bottles of spirits from the All Year Round Tavern in Wellington Street while an accomplice threatened the attendant.
When he and the man fled the Tavern drinkers, who'd watched the incident on CCTV, gave chase and caught Tapp.
Today the court heard Tapp had been homeless and broke at the time and planned to sell the bottles for $20 each.
He told police he wanted the money to send to his two young children.
Tapp pleaded guilty last year in from of Justice Shan Tennent but failed to turn up for sentencing.
He was arrested on August 13 this year and has been held in custody since.
Defence Counsel Evan Hughes said jail had helped Tapp overcome a cannabis addiction which had ``spiralled out control'' when he robbed the bottle shop.
Mr Hughes said the robbery's lack of sophistication was evident by Tapp's capture at the hands of pub patrons.
He asked Tapp be handed a wholly suspended sentence.
The court heard his accomplice had received a six-month prison sentence for the robbery but he had a more serious criminal record than Tapp.
Justice Robert Pearce adjourned sentencing until Wednesday.