Drunken at­tempt to ‘clean up’ in botched laun­dro­mat break-in

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

A CHRIST­MAS Day crime while in­tox­i­cated has cost a Biloela man more than the coin he was af­ter.

Garth Robert Good­sir was on pa­role when he, his brother and an­other co-ac­cused cased a Biloela laun­dro­mat, broke in and stole the keys to the coin-op­er­ated ma­chines.

Good­sir fronted the Rock­hamp­ton Mag­is­trates Court on Wed­nes­day charged with en­ter­ing a premise to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence by means of break­ing in.

The court heard the men were seen near the busi­ness at about 7am, be­fore one man tried to break in through a gap in the of­fice but got stuck.

Good­sir, 34, stepped in and broke down the door be­fore the other two stole the keys and all the men took off.

He has re­mained in cus­tody since Jan­uary 6 and served 68 days be­hind bars.

Good­sir’s de­fence told the court the Biloela father of two was “af­fected by sub­stances he had taken that day” at the time of the of­fence.

“When he is not in prison, he has a job... They are keep­ing the job open for him,” his de­fence lawyer told the court.

Mag­is­trate Mark Morrow noted Good­sir’s his­tory of sim­i­lar of­fend­ing.

“It seems Christ­mas Day you were drunk and de­cided to break into a laun­dro­mat,” he said.

“You don’t have a par­tic­u­larly good his­tory.

“In fact you were sen­tenced in this court on the 16th of De­cem­ber for sim­i­lar types of of­fences, where you got four months im­pris­on­ment for bur­glary and in re­la­tion to stealing.

Good­sir was sen­tenced to an eight-month prison sen­tence, el­i­gi­ble for im­me­di­ate pa­role with 68 days of pre-sen­tence cus­tody de­clared.

A con­vic­tion was recorded and Good­sir was or­dered to pay $150 com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tim, the owner of the laun­dro­mat.

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