Jail for Bay man over break-ins
A HERVEY Bay man who broke into several backpacker hostels has been sentenced to two years’ jail but will be eligible for parole next month.
Timothy Paul John Douglas stole more than $10,000 worth of property during his crime spree.
He had only been released from prison four months earlier.
Douglas was arrested in February and last week pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay District Court to burglary, stealing, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and serious assault of a police officer.
Defence barrister Paul Brown said Douglas had an unfortunate childhood – he never went to school in his home town of Cherbourg and his parents were alcoholics.
He turned to alcohol as a teenager and was soon in trouble with the law, appearing in the Kingaroy District Court on property offences.
Douglas spent several months in prison before being released in September 2008.
The 23-year-old started to turn his life around after moving to Hervey Bay but fell into his old ways after his grandmother died, Mr Brown said.
“He might just be worthy of one more chance,” Mr Brown told Judge Hugh Botting.
Judge Botting said Douglas’s childhood might evoke compassion but it could not continue to be taken into account every time he committed crimes.
“At the end of the day you’ve got to work out for yourself what you want to do with the rest of your life,” Mr Botting said.