Man fined for steal­ing 4WD af­ter tak­ing acid

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Francesca Mann

A 23-year-old Queens­land man has been fined $2000 for steal­ing a Toy­ota LandCruiser and dam­ag­ing a prop­erty in Coral Bay.

The man ap­peared in Ger­ald­ton Mag­is­trate’s Court on Jan­uary 22 af­ter plead­ing guilty to steal­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and dam­ag­ing prop­erty at an ear­lier ap­pear­ance.

On Novem­ber 19, the man stole the LandCruiser from a car­a­van park in Coral Bay, dam­ag­ing a gate as he left the prop­erty.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Carey Owen told the court the man was in a “drug-in­duced psy­chosis” af­ter he had taken acid from a back­packer.

The man drove the car to Ger­ald­ton be­fore hand­ing him­self in to po­lice.

“It’s scary, for half of his travel to Ger­ald­ton he didn’t know where he was,” Sgt. Owen said.

De­fence coun­sel Kelly Beard said the man had paid for the dam­age to the gate and had been at­tend­ing coun­selling ses­sions back home in Queens­land.

The man, who was work­ing as a deck­hand in Coral Bay, said he hoped to move to Syd­ney to con­tinue work­ing on boats.

“I had plans to stay (in Coral Bay) but this caused me to lose the job,” he said.

“I feel sick and not proud of what I’ve done. Tak­ing acid was not a good idea.”

Mag­is­trate Donna Webb granted the man a spent con­vic­tion.

“I hope you’ve learnt your les­son,” she said.

“You won’t get this op­por­tu­nity again. I’d be very sur­prised if you ever get into trou­ble again.”

The man was or­dered to pay a $2000 global fine and $100 in court costs.

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