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Jesus made me steal, says man as he admits to murder

A MAN who landed in Gladstone found himself headed off to prison after a disturbing series of events last week.

Darren Ricardo Guivarra pleaded guilty to three charges in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

These included two counts of entering a premises and committing an indictable offence, and one charge of possessing dangerous drugs.

Officers found Guivarra in Barney Pt on February 17, about 12.10am.

When police made inquiries, Guivarra said he had been at a disco in Cairns.

He was not sure how he had arrived in Gladstone.

He told officers he thought his drink had been spiked. He also said that he had not slept in more than three months.

A search of Guivarra found 0.07g of a green, leafy substance, consistent with cannabis, in his pocket.

This discovery led to the drugs possession charge.

Just more than 24 hours later, police were called to a break-in at the BP service station near Gladstone Airport.

A witness directed police towards Guivarra. Police found him walking along the Dawson Hwy clutching two bottles of cold Coca-Cola.

Police said he had smashed in doors to gain entry and steal the Coca-Cola.

Guivarra told officers he'd bought the Coke at a service station in Calliope.

Then, after further questioning, he told police: "Jesus made me do it".

Officers then found a number of bank cards and a licence, in another man's name.

Police discovered Guivarra had stolen these from a vehicle between February 16-18, despite him telling them that he had murdered a man for the items.

For each enter premises charges, Guivarra was convicted and sentenced to nine months imprisonment. He was convicted and sentenced to three months jail for the drugs possession charge.

Guivarra will be released from jail on May 18 and remain on parole for a further six months.

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