Theft receives no conviction

DANIEL Jay Watson pleaded guilty in the Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday to entering premises and stealing.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Troy Daubaras said Watson, who was a former employee of JAX Quickfit Tyres, stole tools and tyres from the company.

The court heard that at 8pm on June 1, Watson was bored, and entered the business by sticking his arm through a gap in the wall.

He took whatever tools he could reach as well as four second-hand tyres. Police with a search warrant for his address found the tools.

Duty lawyer Danny Yarrow said his client was an 18-year-old full-time worker and admitted the offences.

“It was an opportunistic theft, not revenge on his old employers,” he said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Watson $700 in default 10 days jail, with no conviction recorded.

Also in court yesterday was Daniel James Watson – a different defendant from the one above. Watson pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and breach of bail.

Snr Const Daubaras said the defendant had an ongoing dispute with another man. A verbal argument occurred in Goondoon Street where a lot of pushing and shoving between the two men occurred.

Watson had punched the other man and pushed him, causing him to fall and hit his head on the road, but he had received only minor injuries. However, Watson then failed to appear on the assault charge.

Duty lawyer Danny Yarrow said his client, a 31-year-old removalist, had called the police when the scuffle broke out.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Watson $1000 in default 13 days for assault and $100 or one day for the breach. Convictions were recorded.

“I accept the history of animosity, but you went too far. People sometimes don’t wake up, they die when they hit their head on the pavement; violence can’t be justified,” he said.



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