M'boro CBD crime spree costs teen $4000

A TEEN with a "severe impairment of insight" has been ordered to pay almost $4000 in compensation to the victims of a destructive stealing spree through Maryborough's CBD.

Brandon James Boulton, 18, pleaded guilty to eight charges in the Maryborough Magistrates Court this week and was sentenced to nine months on probation.

The court heard around midnight on April 17, Boulton and a juvenile friend embarked on a stealing spree, starting at Boulton's grandfather's house.

Prosecutor Nicole Kunkel said the 18-year-old, who had recently been kicked out of his grandfather's house, broke into a shed and stole beer, soft drinks and knives. Senior Constable Kunkel said afterwards, as they made their way through the CBD, Boulton acted as a lookout while his friend used one of the stolen knives to cut obscenities into a car and slash the tyres of the other.

She said the boys let themselves into a washroom at the back of a nearby business and used the toilet before splashing hair dye over the walls. They also let themselves into a pathology lab, taking a tin containing $170.

Defence lawyer John Willet said Boulton had a psychological impairment that resulted in a "severe lack of insight".



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