Guilty plea results in prison sentence
Magistrate Hillan The court has come to the end of its tether
STEVEN Willmott was sentenced to three months in prison after Magistrate Graham Hillan said the court had “come to the end of its tether”.
Willmott pleaded guilty in Gayndah Magistrates Court on Thursday to possessing drug utensils last July, and to stealing two bottles of Jim Beam bourbon from a North Burnett hotel last November.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Elder said Willmott had been on probation previously, and was serving two suspended sentences.
Defence counsel Mark Oliver said his client, who had worked at the hardware store for four years, “does stupid things” when drunk.
“Parole is a last-ditch chance (and) employment is difficult with a conviction or criminal history,” Mr Oliver said.
Magistrate Hillan said the defendant “obviously doesn’t worry about (jeopardising employment) at the time of the offence”.
“You’ve been given two opportunities for not serving those suspended sentences,” he said.
“The court has come to the end of its tether.
“I consider that you’ve been given a number of opportunities to stay in the community and you have abused that right.”
Willmott was sentenced to three months in prison for each offence, to be served concurrently, with a parole release date of March 18.
His two suspended sentences from February 23, 2012, were also invoked, to be served concurrently in prison.