Guilty plea re­sults in prison sen­tence

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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