Man sen­tenced for early morn­ing ram­page at tyre shop

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

MARTIN Dale Pat­aczek ran riot at a lo­cal tyre shop late last year, prompt­ing mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist to sen­tence him to 12 months im­pris­on­ment, wholly suspended for two years.

On Novem­ber 15, the 29year-old en­tered Cane Coun­try Tyres in Proser­pine be- tween 1.30am and 8.15am.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith told the court Pat­aczek climbed the fence and en­tered the un­locked build­ing be­fore re­mov­ing a pizza from the fridge.

Af­ter a brief meal, Pat­aczek then dam­aged a toi­let door and tiles in­side the pre- mises be­fore tak­ing tools from the busi­ness.

Pat­aczek started one of the ve­hi­cles in­side the premises us­ing the tools but wasn’t able to move far, even­tu­ally de­cid­ing to flee the scene.

Cig­a­rettes and beer cans were left be­hind by Pat­aczek, who later de­nied at­tend­ing the ad­dress when ques­tioned by po­lice.

When of­fi­cers told Pat­aczek his DNA was found on a num­ber of tools at the busi­ness, he replied: “I guess we’ll sort this out in court.”

Duty lawyer Lach­lan YgoaMcKe­own said Pat­aczek had “is­sues with al­co­hol” and had re­cently been be­fore the Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on a pro­ba­tion or­der in re­la­tion to al­co­hol.

“You’ve had an is­sue with this sort of of­fend­ing in the past,” mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist noted.

“Th­ese of­fences that oc­curred in Novem­ber are very se­ri­ous.”

In sen­tenc­ing Pat­aczek, Mr St­jern­qvist noted his record of of­fend­ing was wor­ry­ingly con­sis­tent, say­ing: “I can’t see a two-year gap in your crim­i­nal his­tory.”

Pat­aczek was also or­dered to pay $330 resti­tu­tion for dam­age caused.

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