'Changed man' avoids prison
A SECOND chance was given to an 18-year-old man who called himself a “changed person” in the Hervey Bay District Court this week.
Corey Allan Aitcheson faced charges of assault occasioning bodily harm, enter premises and receiving tainted property.
The court heard Aitcheson, who was 17 at the time he committed the offences, had been hanging around “with the wrong crowd” but had since moved to the Gold Coast and secured full-time work.
Last year Aitcheson was arrested three times in six days.
His most serious offence occurred when he punched a security guard who refused him entry into a Hervey Bay hotel.
Judge Leanne Clare said she would normally impose a prison sentence but saw that Aitcheson had taken steps to change his life and said he was an example to others in the same position.
She also stressed the need for him stay away from alcohol.
“You are never again going to be in as favourable position as you are right now,” Judge Clare said.
“If you hang around this court for a day or two you will see countless sad stories of people standing in the dock because they drank too much.”
Aitcheson received two years probation and 100 hours community service.