Jail for drunken pushbike rider

A DRUNKEN decision to steal a push bike landed a Hervey Bay man behind bars yesterday.

Phillip Sydney Gala fronted the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court charged with stealing.

The court heard the 21-year-old took a pushbike from the front yard of a Pialba home last month.

The owner heard his dog barking and when he went outside he saw Gala riding the bike away from the home.

He got into the car and followed the bike tracks until he found Gala at a pay phone.

Gala then threw the bike down and ran away.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Gala had refused to take part in an interview when police attended his home.

Defence barrister Sarah Laikind said Gala, who lives in Hervey Bay with his partner and baby, was “extremely regretful”.

She said Gala had been “heavily intoxicated” at the time of the offence and “could not believe what he had done” when he woke up the next morning.

But Magistrate Tom Killeen said Gala had already been given his last chance earlier in the year when he received a suspended sentence for burglary.

He sentenced Gala to four months in prison.

He will be eligible for parole in December.



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