Man stole truck because he wanted to get sent back to jail
DYLAN Jade Clarke deliberately stole a tip truck just two weeks after he had been released on parole to be sent back to prison.
The 19-year-old appeared by video link in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday to plead guilty to six charges including unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possessing dangerous drugs and wilful damage.
Police prosecutor Sonia Edwards told the court that Clarke smashed a stolen tip truck into a set of wooden stairs at a property on Crescent St in Urangan on February 27.
"Police also found a wallet that had been stolen from the vehicle," Snr Const Edwards said.
"The defendant was then located at the intersection of Charlton Esplanade and Pier St where police smelt an odour coming from the defendant."
Clarke was searched and found to be carrying 12g of marijuana. At the time the Bundaberg man had been disqualified from driving by a court order and was also carrying stolen keys.
Defence lawyer Justin Geldard said his client hadn't adjusted to being back in the community.
"Offending was a deliberate course of action undertaken so he could be taken back to prison. That was his intention," Mr Geldard said.
"He indicated he is hopeful while in jail to undertake further studies, he has even suggested work in the prison kitchen or be transferred to a prison farm.
"He has acknowledged there are underlying issues involving drugs."
Magistrate Stephen Guttridge acknowledged Clarke's early plea, his criminal history, the fact the offences were committed on parole and his lawyer's submissions when giving him a head sentence of 12 months' jail. Clarke was also disqualified from driving for four years.
The punishment is cumulative with his current prison term which means he is eligible for parole on July 12.