'Bored' teenage vandal cops a fine

A TEENAGE vandal who peeled the signage off two Pialba shopfronts because he was bored will have to shell out $526 for repairs.

Jacob Geoffrey Matthews, 19, fronted court after he and a friend peeled stickers from Main St businesses SunQ Insurance and Knight Frank Real Estate on January 5.

Matthews was identified by CCTV footage following the incident, but it was mid-September before he was located by police on Boat Harbour Drive.

In court, duty lawyer Craig Ryan said Matthews had been drinking alcohol that night and had little recollection of the crime.

The reason he gave police for removing the signage was that he was bored, and Mr Ryan said he had wanted to steal the "real" out of real estate so he could stick the word on his bedroom wall.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Matthews $600 for two counts of wilful damage and ordered him to pay $346 to Knight Frank and $180 to SunQ Insurance.

"It's been a very expensive little lesson for boredom," the magistrate said.

"Don't be so silly next time."



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