Of­fender avoids con­vic­tion

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Times News -

A Mar­garet River man has avoided a con­vic­tion on the con­di­tion he re­mains em­ployed and be­haves for the next six months.

Matthew James Mar­tin, 42, ap­peared be­fore in the Mar­garet River Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day and pleaded guilty to one charge of tres­pass­ing, one charge of steal­ing, and one charge of driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cence.

An ap­pli­ca­tion for a spent con­vic­tion has been ad­journed for six months. Mar­tin stole a fish­ing knife worth $49.95 from Lloyds of Mar­garet River on Jan­uary 18.

CCTV footage cap­tured him plac­ing the knife un­der his shirt be­fore walk­ing out. On De­cem­ber 21, he en­tered Coles while on a ban no­tice and ar­gued with staff be­fore leav­ing. On De­cem­ber 29, Mar­tin was caught by po­lice driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cence af­ter he was in­volved in a traf­fic ac­ci­dent.

Mar­tin told Mag­is­trate Brian Ma­hon al­co­hol had played a part in his be­hav­iour.

“You’re a ma­ture per­son but you don’t come with clean hands,” Mr Ma­hon said. “I want you to be­have and be back on track for the ben­e­fit of your­self and the com­mu­nity.

“There will be nil of­fend­ing be­tween now and June and you will re­main em­ployed, oth­er­wise you’ll have more than just a fine to worry about.”

Mar­tin was fined $300 for tres­pass­ing, $200 for driv­ing while sus­pended, $100 and given a resti­tu­tion or­der of $49.95 for steal­ing the knife as well as court costs of $290.85.

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