Man fined for stealing 4WD after taking acid
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.