Man dies, another jailed in 12 hours of hell
IN JUST over 12 hours, 31-year-old Mark Timothy Young stole a vehicle, saw his mate die and wound up in jail.
The Biloela man was sentenced to 13 months jail in Gladstone Magist-rates Court yesterday, after pleading guilty to unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
The Toyota Landcruiser he and 24-year-old friend Luke Anthony Travaini stole from a Motor Inn on the Dawson Highway at Biloela, went out of control 12 kilometres west of Calliope and rolled a number of times before coming to rest about 400m east of Scrubby Creek.
Travaini, who was driving the vehicle, was killed when he was thrown from the Landcruiser.
Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Jane Doran said the pair stole the vehicle, which was left unlocked with the keys in the ignition, and drove around Biloela before making their way to Gladstone around 9.15pm Sunday.
She said about 9.30pm, the defendant's girlfriend notified Calliope police that the vehicle had rolled on the Dawson Highway and the driver could not be found.
Defence lawyer Peter Vale said Young had consumed a quantity of alcohol on Sunday, and began walking from his caravan park to Biloela township with Travaini.
He said Travaini had begun looking in vehicles for property or keys when he found the Landcruiser.
Mr Vale said Young got in the vehicle and the pair drove around Biloela, alternating drivers, before deciding to drive to Gladstone.
Magistrate Mark Morrow said Young had a history of similar of fences, and 'knew full well' what he was doing.
He sentenced Young to 13 months jail.