Teen avoids jail after smashing shop window

KALE Fitzgerald's trip to Mackay to see family and friends ended in a $600 fine and a two-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

The Gladstone Magistrate's Court was told the 17-year-old had a bad night and shattered the glass window of a camera shop by punching it in anger.

Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo said it was "unacceptable behaviour" and he didn't know why "there was no restitution" for damages to the window.

The Magistrate told Fitzgerald that because of his prior criminal record, he was lucky not to get a jail term.

"I could have put you in for two months if I wanted to," he said.



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