THE young brother of missing Hervey Bay woman Monique Clubb has been given one month to clean up his act or face jail.
Despite continuing to commit crimes while on probation and turning up drunk to a meeting with a parole officer, Timothy Clubb was allowed a final chance to take part in community service.
Clubb's lawyer, John Milburn, acknowledged his client, who at just 18 has a criminal history littered with break-ins and other offences, had been "given every indulgence plus" but asked the court to consider the difficulty his family was having in dealing with the disappearance of his sister.
He said that as a younger man, Clubb had been attentive and bright but in recent years it had become "more and more difficult to engage with him".
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said he had no trouble accepting the submission that not knowing what happened to Monique, who has been missing since June last year, was "getting harder and harder" but Clubb needed to understand that he was headed for jail if he didn't change.
Mr Tatnell queried why Clubb could not ride a pushbike to his appointments - he had argued he didn't have transport - but quickly retracted the suggestion because he didn't want him to "go and take one".
He warned Clubb that allowing him four more weeks to engage with the department, and perform community service, was a "last ditch effort" to keep him out of jail.