Gilliland stole from employer

A YOUTH who broke into his place of employment and stole $2300 appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on a charge of enter premises and commit an indictable offence.

Craig Ashley Gilliland pleaded guilty to the offence.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Troy Daubaras said on May 25 the defendant broke into his work premises and stole a money tin containing $2300 and then bragged to friends about it.

The defendant had no prior criminal history.

Defence solicitor Stacey O’Gorman said after police visited the defendant’s father Gilliland confessed to his parents who organised for him to surrender to police through his solicitor.

“My client lost his apprenticeship with the company after he was charged but prior to him being charged he felt so guilty that he had got away with it he started taking days off work,” Ms O’Gorman said.

Ms O’Gorman said her client had been living in shared accommodation with another youth and they fell into debt so the housemate suggested they break into Gilliland’s work.

“My client only saw $500 of that money and as of now the other youth has not been charged.”

Magistrate Damian Carroll placed Gilliland on an 18-month probation order with no conviction recorded.

“It seems to be a case of immaturity but businesses shouldn’t have to put up with this,” Mr Carroll said.

“You succumbed to temptation.”

Gilliland was ordered to repay the $2300 plus $450 to replace damage caused when he broke in within eight months.

Meanwhile, Jamie Jon Althaus pleaded guilty to driving without a licence.

Snr Const Daubaras said police intercepted Althaus at 8pm on August 19 on Flinders Parade.

His licence had been suspended for demerit points.

Magistrate Carroll fined Althaus $300 or four days in jail and recorded a conviction.



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