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Serial pest breaks in to save his lasagne

SERIAL pest Shaun Minton said he disturbed neighbours and smashed the security glass of his Gladstone apartment complex because he had a lasagne in the oven.

But Magistrate Penelope Hay said she didn't believe a word of it when Minton appeared in the Gladstone Magistrates Court.

She called him a "serial pest" and said his behaviour is "getting beyond a joke".

The 29-year-old said he went out late on Saturday, September 20, 2014 "to the servo to get smokes" but forgot to take his keys.

When he returned, he used the intercom to beg neighbours to let him in but they refused.

Defence solicitor Jun Pepito said his client thought it was better to break-in than let the building burn down because the lasagne was cooking.

The court heard that Minton first tried punching the glass before using a garden brick to make a hole big enough to crawl through.

At 1.30am police arrived and found a hand-written note, allegedly from a neighbour that said Minton was responsible for the damage.

Police then located the defendant heavily intoxicated asleep in his apartment.

Magistrate Hay berated Minton for repeatedly disturbing the public and wasting police and court time.

"Looking at your history it suggests you have a problem," she said.

"You're 29, you're an adult… you just have to stop. Go get some counselling."

Minton pleaded guilty to the charge of wilful damage and was fined $800.

The conviction was recorded.

Topics:  crime, gladstone magistrates court, offbeat, wilful damage




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