Prison sen­tence for mul­ti­ple theft

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A VIC­TO­RIAN man who went on a steal­ing spree that started in Bris­bane and ended in Air­lie Beach, has been im­pris­oned for the next four months.

Dan Allen Deg­ney was led by po­lice into Mon­day’s sit­ting of the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court, where he pleaded guilty to un­law­fully us­ing a mo­tor­bike, two counts of en­ter­ing a premises and steal­ing and one count each of pos­sess­ing a cat­e­gory M weapon and pos­sess­ing tainted prop­erty.

The court was told that be­tween 4.15 and 5.15pm on Jan­uary 28, Deg­ney re­moved a mo­tor­bike from the un­der­ground sec­tion of a Bris­bane ad­dress.

He then rode north and on Jan­uary 31 the bike was found with his fin­ger­prints on it, in grass­land at Mary­bor­ough.

The 31-year-old even­tu­ally ar­rived in Air­lie Beach, where po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said he was work­ing on a ca­sual ba­sis as a night man­ager for Beaches back­pack­ers.

On the night of Oc­to­ber 10, items in­clud­ing cash sums of $50, $285 and $830, a pair of thongs, three Ap­ple iPhones, a phone charger and three pairs of sunglasses, were taken from var­i­ous rooms.

Deg­ney was found with th­ese items when po­lice at­tended his room at 9.22am on Oc­to­ber 11.

Ms Smith said he was also found with two other mo­bile phones, a torch and a cam­era, plus a flick-knife, de­fined as a cat­e­gory M weapon.

She noted he was pre­vi­ously placed on a sus­pended sen­tence and was “well within that op­er­a­tional pe­riod”.

“A cus­to­dial sen­tence, ac­tu­ally serv­ing time, is well within range here,” she said.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade said Deg­ney had a long-term drug prob­lem, hence his ex­ten­sive his­tory.

She said on the night of com­mit­ting the of­fences in Air­lie Beach, Deg­ney was very drunk.

“[And] he un­der­stands he can­not keep com­ing be­fore the court and not ex­pect to re­ceive some sort of penalty,” she said.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist told Deg­ney he should have stayed in Vic­to­ria.

“We’ve got enough to do with­out hav­ing you come up here and add to the list of crim­i­nal mat­ters for callover ev­ery Mon­day,” he said.

Deg­ney was sentenced to a to­tal of nine months im­pris­on­ment and Mr St­jern­qvist or­dered him to serve the whole of the three months pre­vi­ously sus­pended by the Townsville court.

A pa­role re­lease date was set at Fe­bru­ary 12, 2015.

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