THIEF AVOIDS JAIL
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.”