Alcohol theft was final straw

A HERVEY Bay man has been sentenced to 20 months in jail after stealing six cans of Johnny Walker and Cola.

Michael James Taylor, 20, pleaded guilty yesterday to breaking and entering the Hervey Bay Green Motel on the Esplanade in Torquay and stealing the six cans of scotch and cola.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard the offence, which happened on April 4, was another in a long list of similar incidents for Taylor.

Police prosector Sergeant Kath Stagoll told the court Taylor was already on parole for other break-and-enter and stealing offences at the time of the Johnny Walker theft.

The 20-year-old smashed a window to gain entry to the motel, and the court heard he was identified by the fingerprints he left while doing so.

Sgt Stagoll said Taylor told police he “blacked out” and did not remember committing the offence at all.

Duty lawyer Justin Geldard told the court Taylor accepted a term of imprisonment was his only option due to his extensive criminal history.

He said Taylor was to be on parole for a “crime spree” which occurred in 2010, during a time when the young man was experiencing significant money problems and turned to petty crime to try to get by.

Mr Geldard told the court Taylor “flipped out and lost the plot” after an argument with another man as they were walking along the Esplanade.

Taylor was said to have no idea why he committed the offence, which Mr Geldard argued “was on the lower end of the scale of seriousness”.

Magistrate Tom Killeen told Taylor that since he was on parole at the time, spending time in prison was the only appropriate sentence.

Mr Killeen ordered the 20-month sentence and set Taylor’s new parole eligibility date for October 26.



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