‘Forgetful’ man hits auto shop

The Observer - - NEWS - Sarah Ste­ger Sarah.Ste­ger@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

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.

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