Hungry burglar breaks into pub

PRAWNS, scallops and a side of ribs sound like a pretty hearty meal from the Kalka Palms Hotel.

That is what Matthew James Parsons thought too after a night on the booze, remembering he had no food at home.

In Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Monday police prosecutors described how 21-year-old Parsons climbed into the air-conditioning unit of the Lakes Creek Rd business to gain access about 3.30am.

Heading to the kitchen he loaded up with prawns, scallops, a packet of ribs, milk and a carton of eggs, then took the keys to a Toyota Hiace Mini Bus.

He left his baseball cap in the ceiling which was later used to identify him through his DNA.

Taking the vehicle and his stash of food, he cooked it and ate it in a park.

The court also heard on October 1 someone called police regarding a vehicle parked near their house for days. The vehicle was the stolen van, still containing some of the missing meat.

Defence solicitor Shayne Studdert said the incident was alcohol related.

Parsons pleaded guilty to these crimes as well as one relating to police finding a used water pipe and bucket bong in his home on October 24 and contravening a community service order.

He was ordered to pay $612 to the hotel and sentenced to 12 months' jail for entering a premise to commit an indictable offence, nine months for unlawful use of a motor vehicle and a month for possessing a utensil used for a drug offence.

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll set a parole eligibility date of February 27.



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