THIEF AVOIDS JAIL

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

GAYN­DAH man Tyson Fisher has avoided a jail sen­tence af­ter break­ing into a car­a­van park and the Gayn­dah Golf Club ear­lier this year.

Fisher pleaded guilty in Gayn­dah Mag­is­trates Court last Thurs­day to two counts of en­ter­ing a premises and com­mit­ting an in­dictable of­fence.

The break-ins, which oc­curred in Jan­uary, were com­mit­ted by Fisher as well as other al­leged de­fen­dants who are be­ing tried sep­a­rately.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Pepe Gangemi said Fisher broke into the golf club and stole al­co­hol, which he con­sumed over the next few days.

“At the car­a­van park he was a look­out to see if any­one was around,” Sgt Gangemi said.

“A knife, mo­bile phone, lap­top and back­pack were taken. The items were re­turned when it was found out who was re­spon­si­ble.”

De­fence lawyer John Wil­let asked act­ing mag­is­trate An­drew Hack­ett to take that into ac­count.

“He played a role in mak­ing that hap­pen,” Mr Wil­let said.

Mr Hack­ett ques­tioned whether pro­ba­tion would be suit­able for Fisher, as he had re­cently bro­ken a com­mu­nity ser­vice or­der.

He ul­ti­mately sen­tenced Fisher to 18 months’ pro­ba­tion and recorded a con­vic­tion.

“You need to ma­ture rather rapidly,” Mr Hack­ett told Fisher. “Don’t keep think­ing you can come back to court with charges like this and not end up in cus­tody.”

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