Reef Hotel wallet thief wakes up in hospital, broken bones

THERE are some nights in life that would have been way simpler if you had stayed at home. Or went home early with less drink under your belt.

Just ask Gladstone lad Ryan Adrian Hodgson whose venture out on a Friday night became a misadventure when the 23-year-old stole another man's wallet.

Making the night bleaker Hodgson says he suffered injuries yet has no memory of how he got them.

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Ryan Hodgson pleaded guilty to stealing a wallet and $150 cash at the Reef Hotel.
Ryan Hodgson pleaded guilty to stealing a wallet and $150 cash at the Reef Hotel.

"All he can remember is he had injuries all over his body and admitted to hospital for three days as he had broken bones, tail bone, and broken ankle," Hodgson's lawyer Jun Pepito told Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Mr Pepito told magistrate Mark Morrow that his client "should have gone home a number of times" that night.

Hodgson pleaded guilty to stealing a wallet and $150 cash at 11pm on February 26.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said a Reef Hotel patron had been sitting at a table with friends when he left his wallet after security told him to leave the premises.

Hotel CCTV footage shows Hodgson at the table touching the wallet and moving it closer before picking it up and leaving.

Police found him at 12.20am at a nearby club and Mr Reece said Hodgson at first denied taking the wallet which was now empty of cash.

Mr Pepito said most of his prior offences are street offences when drunk.

Mr Morrow asked whether Hodgson was drunk on this occasion before stealing the wallet.

"Your honour hit the nail," Mr Pepito said.

"He should realise because alcohol doesn't go with him that he shouldn't be drinking in the first place.

"His friend went home. He should have gone home a number of times.

"He gets drunk and is a danger to everyone and himself. Who knows what happened."

Mr Morrow said CCTV footage shows Hodgson stole the wallet which was found empty. He was sentenced to three months jail but released immediately on parole.



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