Man narrowly escapes jail sentence
A MAN narrowly escaped imprisonment for twenty nine charges when he appeared in Gladstone Magistrates court yesterday. Ivo Eric Telford pleaded guilty to five charges of stealing, 11 of unlawful vehicle entry, 12 of wilful damage and one charge of possessing a restricted item.
The court heard Telford had been lookout for a childhood friend who has since been jailed for two years on more than 60 charges.
Police prosecutor Jane Doran said Telford was at Gladstone Marina on November 12 when his friend broke into a number of cars by jimmying open doors with a screwdriver and stole items from the cars.
Senior Constable Doran said Telford admitted in a police interview April 28 that he had acted as a lookout while the other offender broke into the cars, and had never voiced any concern nor left the offender.
Snr Const Doran said in his interview with police, Telford said he had been caught up with the offender at that time in his life but knew he had been in the wrong.
Defence solicitor Stacey O'Gorman said Telford was the lesser evil of the two offenders.
Ms O'Gorman said Telford had known the other offender all his life and had been drawn into the crime.
Ms O'Gorman said Telford, who was hoping to find work as a panel beater and supported two young children, put his behaviour on that night down to 'bad company'.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said imprisonment was well within range but after hearing the circumstances fined Telford $2500.