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M'boro couple with long criminal history sent to jail

A YOUNG man and woman with lengthy criminal histories have been sentenced to months in jail after being caught driving around Tinana in a stolen car.

The man, 28-year-old Robert Norris, submerged himself in a Tinana swamp to get away from police when they pulled the car over, only hours after the owner reported it stolen on February 19 this year.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Elder told Maryborough Magistrates Court on Tuesday only Norris's face was visible when police found him in the swamp late that afternoon.

Sgt Elder said Norris ignored several directions to get out of the swamp, until a police officer removed his taser from its holster and officers told Norris the taser may be used.

His partner Jade Alisa Graham, also 28, was arrested by police at the scene after being caught driving the vehicle.

She told officers Norris had also driven the car for a short period on that day after it was given to her by friends.

Police later found a spare key for the stolen car in Norris's and Graham's possession.

Graham pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a motor vehicle, driving while suspended and receiving tainted property.

She also pleaded guilty to a string of other unrelated charges, including driving a different stolen car in Ipswich last September, stealing, driving unlicensed and two charges of possessing drug utensils.

Magistrate Graham Hillan told Graham her criminal history was deplorable.

He sentenced her to serve eight months in jail, with 53 days in pre-sentence custody declared as time served.

A parole release date was set for May.

Graham's partner Norris pleaded guilty to receiving tainted goods, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and obstructing police.

Magistrate Hillan sentenced him to 18 months in jail, with a parole date set for December this year.

He told Norris his criminal history was appalling and there was no option but to sentence him to another jail term.

Norris was on parole at the time of the offence.

"This type of conduct can't be tolerated in the community," Mr Hillan said.

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