Crim told to 'be a man'
A 27-YEAR-OLD found with a stash of stolen property has been told to “be a man” and stop being led into crime.
Jason Bradley Harding was sentenced to a six-month jail term but released immediately on parole when he appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.
Harding pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, fraud, attempted burglary and possessing tainted property.
Harding and a co-accused came to the attention of police after climbing on to the balcony of an Esplanade unit in May.
The occupant of the unit woke and called police and Harding was found nearby.
During a search of his Aldershot home, police found property stolen from homes at Urangan, Torquay, Maryborough and the Gold Coast.
Among the stolen goods were personal bank and medical cards, a mobile phone, a bike, jewellery, a camera and a bottle of champagne.
Defence lawyer Geoff Skelton said Harding had a lengthy criminal history but had stayed out of trouble for several years before being led along by his co-accused.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell described Harding's criminal history as “a shocker”.
“You're 27 now. You should be man enough to make your own decisions and not get dragged along with anyone else,” Mr Tatnell said.