Bourbon thief receives suspended sentence
A MAN who repeatedly stuffed bourbon bottles down his pants at various Hervey Bay bottle shops has received a suspended jail sentence.
Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard that Jason Andrew Parker stole alcohol from BWS Pialba, Dan Murphy’s at Urraween, Kondari Resort at Urangan and the Beach House Hotel at Scarness.
He appeared on 17 charges, including one of trying to break into the Hervey Bay Bowls Club in July, and several trespassing charges because he entered bottle shops while banned through the Liquor Accord.
Magistrate Tom Killeen sentenced Parker to a suspended jail term and ordered him to pay compensation for the items he stole.
On July 24, Parker tried to break into the Hervey Bay Bowls Club by smashing a window with a piece of timber, the court was told.
He also stole a bowls bag from outside the club.
The same day he was seen placing a bottle of alcohol down his pants at the Beach House Hotel.
On several occasions, he stole bottles of Wild Turkey or scotch from BWS at Pialba, each time placing the single item down his pants.
He also pilfered a bottle of Jim Beam from Dan Murphy’s and a bottle of bourbon from the Kondari Resort bottle shop.
On another occasion, he placed a bottle of Old Crow bourbon down his pants before selecting two beers from the shelf and paying just for them.
Defence solicitor John Milburn said Parker had a history of personal problems and had been diagnosed with bipolar and a personality disorder.
But Mr Killeen said all the offences appeared to be for the purpose of “self gratification – to get alcohol”.
Parker was ordered to pay $500 for the Bowls Club window, $36 for the alcohol at Beach House Hotel, $200 for the bowls bag, $240 to BWS, $40 to Dan Murphy’s and $89 to Kondari Resort.