A RED Rooster worker, who used the store keys to steal money while on parole for the brutal bashing of a taxi driver, will remain behind bars until at least March.
Nathan Levy thought he had escaped jail time when he was sentenced to 30 months but allowed immediate parole over the grievous bodily harm of 64-year-old Charles Naja.
When the Attorney General successfully appealed the sentence on the grounds it was "manifestly inadequate" - Mr Naja was left with permanent plates and screws in his face - Levy was ordered to serve four months.
The warrant was left on the bench for a week to give Levy the chance to hand himself in and it was during that time that he made another bad choice.
While handing in his resignation to the Hervey Bay Red Rooster store, where had worked for five years, Levy stole the keys.
Footage later revealed he had used them to break in and steal more than $500 from the float.
He was also recorded trying but failing to use the keys and a pin number to open a safe, which based on his experience, should have contained thousands of dollars at that particular date and time.
The court heard management had already changed the combination on the safe after realising Levy had taken the keys.
Appearing in court via video link on Tuesday, Levy pleaded guilty to stealing.
His lawyer John Milburn said he had been under great stress with the Court of Appeal case hanging over his head and thanks to the effects of drugs and alcohol, had adopted a "don't care" mindset.
He said Levy had written letters to his former employer apologising for his "stupid, sneaky and disgusting" behaviour.
Levy was sentenced to nine months jail.