Man sentenced for early morning rampage at tyre shop
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.