30yo fined, jailed on mul­ti­ple charges

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

A man who stole a mo­tor­bike and failed to ap­pear for two court dates ear­lier in the year has been sent to prison.

Ste­fan Shaun Lu­mia, 30, ap­peared in Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trate’s Court last Tues­day to face seven charges, in­clud­ing a breach of bail af­ter he failed to at­tend court on Jan­uary 25 and Fe­bru­ary 8, and at­tempts to con­tact him at his nom­i­nated ad­dress re­vealed it didn’t ex­ist.

Lu­mia was ar­rested on March 18 in Waikiki, where he gave po­lice false de­tails, be­fore fac­ing charges of steal­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, breach of bail, driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with a forged, replica or false plate, giv­ing false per­sonal de­tails to po­lice, two charges of driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied, and one of driv­ing while sus­pended.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor said at 10.45am on Au­gust 19, 2018, Lu­mia was rid­ing a stolen mo­tor­cy­cle and failed to stop for po­lice on Grange Drive, Cooloongup, then rode through nearby parks and along foot­paths be­fore drop­ping the bike and run­ning away.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the mo­tor­bike as stolen and that Lu­mia’s li­cence was per­ma­nently dis­qual­i­fied. He faced court on the steal­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cle charge on Septem­ber 13 and was granted bail be­fore he pleaded guilty to the steal­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cle charge on Oc­to­ber 20.

Lu­mia was then caught driv­ing a Mit­subishi Pa­jero by po­lice on Novem­ber 1 in Ban­jup, and again on De­cem­ber 19 in Myalup, while un­der a driv­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

He failed to front court on th­ese charges and, when he was ar­rested on March 18 in Waikiki, Lu­mia pro­vided po­lice with a false date of birth.

In a pre-sen­tenc­ing re­port, a duty lawyer said Lu­mia had tried to turn his life around since be­ing re­leased from prison last year but pan­icked when he was ar­rested and pro­vided the false de­tails be­cause he hadn’t ap­peared in court to face his pre­vi­ous charges.

Mag­is­trate Leanne Atkins sus­pended Lu­mia’s li­cence for a fur­ther 27 months — nine months for each driv­ing with­out au­thor­ity of­fence — to be ap­plied once he is re­leased from prison, and fined him $1000 for breach of bail and $800 for each of the false plate and pro­vid­ing false de­tails charges.

Be­cause of his ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal his­tory, Ms Atkins also sen­tenced him to one year and four months prison — eight months for each of the three driv­ing with­out au­thor­ity charges, to be served con­cur­rently, six months for steal­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and three months for breach­ing bail, also to be served con­cur­rently.

Ms Atkins said Lu­mia’s “ap­palling crim­i­nal his­tory” left her with a “great need to gen­er­ate a de­ter­rent”, which left her no op­tion but to send him to prison.

Lu­mia will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role.

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