Man uses stolen card in shopping splurge

WIELDING a stolen debit card, Brent Slack and a friend went buying new clothes and quickly racked up $441.

Slack, 26, appeared in custody in Gladstone Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to fraud, receiving tainted property, being drunk in a public place, and public nuisance.

He was arrested in Miriam Vale and the court was told of a series of misadventures he had been involved in, including being drunk and asleep in public toilets, stealing, and yelling abuse at people while naked.

Noting nine pages of his criminal history, magistrate Penelope Hay described him as a recidivist offender.

Prosecutor Snr Const Sam Pyke said the card was stolen from a woman, and Slack and his co-accused had used it at Best and Less, City Beach, Kmart and supermarkets.

Besides clothes, Slack brought tobacco and a carton of premix rum.

Ms Hay told him he must address the cause of his offending, alcohol.

Fined $200, he was sentenced to six months jail with a parole release date of October 20. He must pay $220 restitution. 



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