AN EVENING of stu­pid­ity has led to a 17-year-old be­ing placed on pro­ba­tion for three years.

Cody Al­lan Wash­ing­ton-Bail don was charged with as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm and en­ter­ing premises with in­tent, af­ter he broke into the Proser­pine Golf Club, on Oc­to­ber 26.

At about 9 pm Wash­ing­ton-Bail don and a 10- year-old com­pan­ion forced en­try into the club and used an an­gle grinder to try and get into the safe.

A se­cu­rity guard ar­rived and Wash­ing­ton-Bail­don hit him with a jimmy bar.

Duty lawyer An­toinette Mor­ton said Wash­ing­ton-Bail­don was “orig­i­nally look­ing for pies, chips and ice creams” but, when he saw the safe and an­gle grinder in the same room, it was op­por­tunis­tic.

“(And) he is ex­tremely re­morse­ful for the in­juries to the guard,” she said.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said he was giv­ing Wash­ing­ton-Bail­don the ben­e­fit of the doubt due to his young age but noted it was a “very high level of stu­pid­ity”.

“This is a very se­ri­ous of­fence where you were armed with an of­fen­sive weapon,” he said.

Wash­ing­ton-Bail­don also had to pay $605 resti­tu­tion for

dam­age to the safe.

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