Thief given pro­ba­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACK­HOUSE an­drew. back­house@ news. com. au

HE stole a hand­bag and car from a home be­fore lead­ing po­lice on a chase, but fi­nally sur­ren­dered af­ter be­ing threat­ened with a taser.

Kaluim Charles He­garty, 17, was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to 12 months’ pro­ba­tion af­ter plead- ing guilty to six of­fences. The charge sheet in­cluded two counts of ob­struct­ing po­lice, en­ter­ing a dwelling to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence, two counts of tres­pass­ing and one count of car theft.

The court was told that about 1.30am on Mon­day, He­garty re­moved a laun­dry win­dow from a home in Gre­vil­lea St, Wul­guru, and stole a hand­bag and the keys to a Volk­swa­gen.

About 2.30pm, po­lice no­ticed the ve­hi­cle on Uni­ver­sity Rd and saw He­garty sit­ting in the driver’s seat.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Felic­ity Nalder said He­garty pushed past po­lice of­fi­cers and ran through a res­i­den­tial yard and was later found hid­ing un­der a ve­hi­cle in New­ton St.

He con­tin­ued to run and jumped over a fence into a prop­erty on Uni­ver­sity Rd.

Again he was found by po­lice of­fi­cers and cor­nered in a drive­way.

The court was told po­lice told He­garty to get on the ground but he re­fused and put his hands into his pants.

Po­lice warned He­garty he would be hit with a taser, which con­vinced him to com­ply with their de­mands and he lay on the ground.

He­garty de­clined to be in­ter­viewed by po­lice.

A mo­bile phone and a bank card stolen from the home were found by po­lice on one of his al­leged co- of­fend­ers.

Mag­is­trate Peter Smid ques­tioned why He­garty was also not charged with un­li­censed driv­ing and was told the ve­hi­cle was not mov­ing at the time he was ap­pre­hended.

Mr Smid said he was pre­pared to give He­garty a pro­ba­tion or­der as pun­ish­ment for the of­fences.

“I think you know what that means but I think I need to spell it out to you,” he said.

“That you re­port to a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer be­fore the end of this day, by 4pm I shall say.

“That you com­mit no of­fences in the next 12 months. If you do you may be in breach.”

No con­vic­tion was recorded and He­garty was placed un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a com­mu­nity cor­rec­tion of­fi­cer for 12 months.

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