‘Young and stupid’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

JOR­DAN Roger Al­lan Grif­fiths may only be 17, but he is al­ready run­ning out of chances in the adult court.

Just three weeks af­ter be­ing placed on a good be­hav­iour bond in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court, Grif­fiths was back on charges of tres­pass, wil­ful dam­age to school prop­erty, steal­ing and

un­law­ful en­try to a ve­hi­cle.

Pros­e­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said that at 4.30pm on June 12, Grif­fiths and a com­pan­ion went to the Proser­pine State High School grounds, where Grif­fiths took a spray can from his back­pack and grafit­tied a wall in mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions with red paint.

At 9.40pm that same day, he was seen tak­ing a black wal­let from a white Isuzu work truck parked out­side a Proser­pine ad­dress with the win­dow par­tially down.

The vic­tim ap­proached Grif­fiths and asked him to

re­turn his wal­let, but Grif­fiths de­nied tak­ing it and po­lice were called. Mr Berger said po­lice found re­ceipts from the miss­ing wal­let scat­tered around the yard at Grif­fiths’ house. The wal­let and the rest of its con­tents were not found.

Duty lawyer Cleo Re­wald agreed it was “con­cern­ing be­hav­iour” but sug­gested the theft of the wal­let was “per­haps op­por­tunis­tic” given the car win­dow was wound down.

But mag­is­trate Simon Young wasn’t con­vinced.

“Young and stupid only gets

you so far and you’ve gone well be­yond the bound­aries this court would con­sider suit­able,” he said, adding Grif­fiths had “rubbed the court’s face straight back in that le­niency (pre­vi­ously shown)”.

None­the­less Mr Young sen­tenced Grif­fiths to 80 hours com­mu­nity ser­vice to be com­pleted within 12 months and took no ac­tion on his cur­rent good be­hav­iour bond. No resti­tu­tion was awarded and no con­vic­tion recorded, “per­haps for the last time” Mr Young said.

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