Magistrate not impressed

BRINGING the kids to court in an effort to stay out of jail does not impress Maryborough Magistrate John Smith.

Stephen Kevin Delphin was reprimanded by the Magistrate this week for trying to use his three children as “a little weapon to influence the court”.

Delphin applied for bail after being charged with stealing $180 worth of meat from a Maryborough supermarket.

The 27-year-old single father brought his kids along to court to show the Magistrate he had children who depended on him.

Delphin was on a suspended sentence at the time of the alleged theft and had a history of dishonesty offences, the court was told by prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk.

“There's an easy solution to looking after the children – stay out of trouble,” Mr Smith said.

“If you haven't learnt that yet you're really thick.

“It makes me so angry when children are involved.

“It's really unfair on the children.”

Mr Smith allowed bail and adjourned the case for mention in the court on December 7.

“I'll give you one warning. Stay out of trouble or you'll go to jail,” Mr Smith said.

“Start to set an example for the kids.”



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