Train robber steals from women, dumps wallets in nappy bin

A SNEAKY thief who robbed two women train passengers while they slept and dumped their empty wallets into a diaper bin has himself been dumped ... back in a jail cell.

Biloela man Clinton Hammond was taken off the train in Gladstone about 2.30am on Saturday after passengers on The Spirit of Queensland train bound for Brisbane raised the alarm with the train guard.

Looking sheepish and downcast seated in the dock of Gladstone Magistrates Court, Hammond, 38, pleaded guilty to stealing the wallets, money, cigarettes, cards and a mobile phone between 1.30am and 2.30am on September 3.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a restricted drug (no prescription).

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said the offences happened when the passengers were sleeping, with Hammond having taken the purple wallet and other items.

He said the doors of the train were closed at Gladstone station until police officers boarded and spoke to Hammond.

Mr Reece said Hammond told officers where everything was and items and a wallet were found in a bin for soiled baby nappies.

"He apologised to both victims and says he knew he should not have done this," Mr Reece said.

One passenger did not want to pursue charges, happy to have her items returned.

Duty lawyer Jun Pepito said Hammond had been on his way to a rehabilitation centre near Brisbane and his offences were "opportunistic".

Magistrate Mark Morrow said Hammond had a history of dishonesty offences. And in police documents before the court he received a four-month jail term at a Rockhampton court in July last year for stealing and was released to parole after one month.

Mr Morrow sentenced him to three months jail for stealing and set his parole release date at September 30.



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