‘Forgetful’ man hits auto shop
A MAN desperately waiting for his medical records to be released reverted back to his old habits when his doctor’s medical centre closed down.
Colin Charles Hughes, a man who suffers from ongoing health problems, landed himself in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday after he was left stranded in a world of pain.
The court heard when Hughes’s medical practice closed down, he was forced to wait to get a hold of his medical records, leaving him without his medication.
As a result, defence lawyer Brad Krebs told the court his client took additional doses of already-prescribed medicine, which clouded his mind and prompted dishonest behaviour – uncharacteristic since 1987.
The court heard that between August 1-3 Hughes stole a number of items from Supercheap Auto Gladstone.
Police prosecutor acting Senior Constable Balan Selvadurai said on three consecutive occasions the defendant removed items, such as Tridon electronic relays and electrical connectors, from packaging before hiding them under his clothes and walking out of the auto store.
Constable Selvadurai said at least two of the thefts had been caught on CCTV cameras but when questioned about the incidents by police, Hughes seemed confused and surprised.
“He’s not too sure what’s going on ... his mind was clouded,” Mr Krebs said.
He added that when his client realised what he’d done, he returned to the shop and paid for some of the items.
Magistrate Melanie Ho fined the defendant $400 and ordered he pay $120 in restitution to the business.
A conviction was recorded.