Teenage thief gets a second chance

BRENDON Luke Dodd was given a last chance at redemption yesterday

In Coffs Harbour Local Court, the Toormina 19-year-old was placed on an eight-month good behaviour bond instead of jail for stealing a car and torching it.

Magistrate Judith Fleming told the court police saw a car on fire at Geoff King Motors in Coffs Harbour on November 30 and that Dodd and another man were seen there.

She said a number of cars had been broken into and a stolen vehicle set alight.

“The co-accused set the vehicle on fire but you were part of it,” Ms Fleming told Dodd.

She took into account the two-and-a-half months he has already spent in custody when sentencing him for seven counts of malicious damage, also stemming from November 30.

Additionally, Dodd was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond for three property offences in Coffs Harbour on March 15.

The court heard Dodd was battling drug and alcohol addiction and was about to enter a drug rehabilitation centre.

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