A CONVICTED criminal who stole alcohol from a bottle shop to toast the end of his parole will have to wait until Christmas before he can celebrate again.
Phillip Michael Daveson had woken up free of reporting conditions for the first time in three months on Sunday morning when he decided his first port of call would be the Pialba BWS.
What the 22 year old did next would land him back behind bars by the end of the night.
By about 2.15pm, police were receiving a number of calls about an intoxicated man matching Daveson's description, acting offensively in various places around town.
Hervey Bay Police Sergeant Paul Byrne said when officers caught up with Daveson outside the Stocklands Shopping Centre about 7.15pm, he was" extremely intoxicated" and abusive.
Documents before the court reveal that when asked if there was a reason why he was so drunk, Daveson responded with words to the effect of "yeah, I'm celebrating coming off parole" (he had been jailed earlier this year for public nuisance and break-in offences).
A search of his backpack produced bottles of vodka and bourbon, both of which were "two thirds" gone.
Daveson fronted the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Monday charged with stealing and was sentenced to three months jail.
Suspended sentences handed down in June last year and June this year were also fully invoked with a parole release date set for December 22.