Decade-old crimes come back to haunt 25-year-old man

CRIMES committed more than a decade ago have come back to haunt a Maryborough man.

The 25-year-old labourer, who cannot be named because he was a child at the time of offending, has this week been fined $2500 and disqualified from driving for eight-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to 18 charges.

The Maryborough Magistrates Court heard the offences were committed between November 2003 and February 2005 when the boy was 14 to 16 years.

Police prosecutor Michael Quirk said most of the charges related to him breaking into homes, stealing cars or motorbikes and taking them for joyrides - once as far as Tamworth in New South Wales.

He did not have a licence and did not pay for fuel along the way.

He was also caught for dangerous driving.

Defence lawyer Tammy Kerle said the man had no idea the charges were outstanding until recently when he was stopped for riding without a helmet.

She said he had had a difficult childhood, at one stage spending more than 470 days in juvenile detention, but had kept his nose clean as an adult and had just one conviction for being a public nuisance.

He worked full-time in Maryborough and had a long-term partner.

Magistrate John Smith said that although he had had a change of attitude in recent years, there was no excuse for his actions.

"All of these were in breach of numerous court orders," Mr Smith said.

He was fined $2500 and disqualified for eight-and-a-half years.

"Had he been dealt with as a child, he would've been going in for a few years," Mr Smith said.

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