Thief gets 3 months jail
A MAN with an appalling history of dishonesty offences appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Adam Fraser pleaded guilty to obstruct a police officer, contravene a direction, two counts of stealing, and unlawful possession of a restricted drug.
Police Prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said at 3pm on May 29 Fraser entered the bistro of the Young Australian Hotel and went behind the unattended bar and took a 1.125 litre bottle of Johnnie Walker Red and a 700ml bottle of Wild Turkey.
He put one bottle down his pants and held one in his hand and rode away on a pushbike. Ten minutes later he went into Woolworths and took three 600ml bottles of Coke and walked out without paying.
Police found Fraser at 3.30pm in Apex Park drinking the stolen drinks. He refused to give police his real name and refused to walk to the police car and had to be wrestled to the ground and handcuffed to be arrested.
When police were searching him at the watch-house they found a Valium tablet in a tobacco pouch.
Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said his client’s criminal history stemmed from him being an illicit drug user, but he was now clean.
“A combination of alcohol and Valium caused his bizarre behaviour. He has apologised to the police and has not offended since 2006. This offence was just a blip on the radar,” Mr Krebs said.
For the two stealing charges Fraser was sentenced to three months’ jail for each offence with a parole release date of Thursday, August 12. For the other three charges he was fined $500 with convictions recorded. He was also ordered to pay $83.40 restitution to the Young Australian Hotel and $9.75 to Woolworths.