Offender avoids conviction
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.