‘Young and stupid’
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.