30yo fined, jailed on multiple charges
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.