Bullbar thief fronts court

A MAN who wanted a new bullbar for his utility appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on a stealing charge.

Samuel John Lowe pleaded guilty to the charge.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said on June 14 police were called to Brian Headley Used Cars after a bullbar was reported stolen from a car overnight.

Security cameras showed at 12.15am an orange utility pulled up and two men entered the car yard.

The driver of the utility, who was the defendant, drove away and returned a short time later.

Police intercepted the orange utility later that night and the defendant at first denied any involvement, but then made full admissions.

Defence solicitor David McHenry said his client fitted the bullbar to his own vehicle but the bullbar had since been returned.

“My client is 18 years old and no alcohol or drugs were involved, it was just an act of stupidity,” he said.

The bullbar was stolen for Lowe’s personal vehicle but it was Lowe’s two friends who went into the car yard and unbolted the bullbar.

Lowe was sentenced to 40 hours’ community service, to be completed within 12 months.

No conviction was recorded.



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