Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon Street.
Gladstone Courthouse, Yarroon Street. Brenda Strong

'Stupid act': Gladstone man, mate in drunken taxi heist

BOOZE and a fuzzy head may have had a bit to do with it when Quinn Jarvis and a mate inexplicably grabbed headrests from the Gladstone taxi cab they were in and took them.

The heist led Jarvis to a ride to court where Gladstone magistrate Melanie Ho ordered him to pay $586 restitution to the taxi company for one headrest.

Jarvis, 20, pleaded guilty to stealing the headrest at 9pm on Saturday, June 4.

The court heard two headrests were stolen that night and Jarvis' friend and co-offender had already been dealt with.

Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said Jarvis was drinking with friends from 3pm that day when they called a Maxi taxi van at 9pm.

Sergeant Stevens said Jarvis sat in the front seat and removed the headrest and he and a friend swapped it. They then exited the taxi in Goondoon street.

"He told police he was intoxicated and remembers removing it," Sgt Stevens said.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said Jarvis said they had been at a birthday party and were intoxicated.

"He took the headrest and passed it to someone else. They had no use for it, left it on the ground," Mr Pepito said.

"It was stupidity."

Ms Ho said she remembers sentencing his 19-year-old co-offender who also had no criminal history.

"I note it was a stupid act. Alcohol is no excuse," she said.

Ms Ho fined Jarvis $200 and ordered he pay $586 restitution, the same penalty as his friend.



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