Gympie Magistrates Court House, Channon Street, Gympie.
Gympie Magistrates Court House, Channon Street, Gympie. Patrick Woods

Reform or be 'a low-life thief and thug'

A MAN'S crimes included domestic violence breaches, disqualified driving and a starring role in CCTV footage showing him stealing a mobile phone from a man at Gympie courthouse.

Magistrate M. Baldwin warned the Cooloola Cove man he was "perilously close to a significant jail term" if he continued his violent, dishonest and defiant behaviour.

The court was told the man, 32, who is not named to protect the complainant in a domestic violence matter, was already on a suspended jail sentence and probation and had spent 80 days in pre-sentence custody. The man pleaded guilty to 10 charges alleging unlicensed and drug and disqualified driving (in an unregistered and uninsured car), along with breaching a domestic violence order.

"You must nearly die of embarrassment," she told the man. "On your current trajectory, you are going to spend an awful lot of your life in jail.

"Do you want to be a low-life thief and thug, or pull yourself up by your bootstraps?" she said.

She sentenced the man to a range of punishments including fines totalling $1930 and eight months licence disqualification.

Gympie Times


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