Man steals coin collection

A YOUNG man who spent up big on alcohol after making off with a 50-year-old note and coin collection from his landlord has been sentenced to 100 hours community service.

Christopher Aaron Curthoys, 24, pleaded guilty in the Maryborough District Court to stealing.

He was living rent-free in the home of his friend’s father in November 2008.

The owner of the home was away on an extended holiday when the offence happened.

Curthoys came across two briefcases of cash when he was cleaning up after a party.

The money had a face value of $2250 but the collection as a whole was worth more than $7000.

Curthoys helped himself to the loot, depositing some of it in his bank account and using some to buy booze at the pub.

Defence barrister Catherine Morgan said Curthoys was unemployed at the time, depressed and had been partying too hard.

She described the crime as opportunistic but Judge Julie Ryrie said it was despicable.

“You took money from people who had taken you into their home and allowed you to remain there rent-free,” Judge Ryrie said.

“What you did was deplorable.

“They trusted you and the breach of that trust in these circumstances is despicable.”

Judge Ryrie ordered Curthoys to perform 100 hours unpaid community service and repay $2250 to the owner of the collection.

A conviction was not recorded.



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