Prison sentence for multiple theft
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.