Joyride becomes jail time

A MARYBOROUGH man who took a cane farmer’s motorbike for a joyride will spend the next four months behind bars.

Allan Edwin Penttila, 24, was sentenced in the Maryborough District Court on charges of receiving tainted property and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

A motorbike and several smaller items were stolen from a shed on the cane farm between June 20 and 24.

Penttila was seen by a neighbour of the farmer riding around on the stolen motorbike.

Other stolen items were found in Penttila’s home.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said Penttila’s most recent offences breached two suspended jail sentences he had been given for similar crimes.

In February he was sentenced in the Maryborough District Court to a 12-month jail term for unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

In October 2008 he was given a two-month jail term in the Gympie Magistrates Court for failing to stop a motor vehicle.

Mr Manttan called for both sentences to be invoked and for an additional 18 months to two years jail for the most recent offences.

Judge Julie Ryrie told Penttila his chances were running out.

“You have an unenviable criminal history for one so young,” she said.

“Chances have been given to you since 2003 when you first started appearing in court.

“Unfortunately for you, your maturity hasn’t come quick enough.”

Judge Ryrie invoked the suspended sentences and gave Penttila another 15 months’ jail for receiving tainted property and six months’ jail for unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

A parole release date was set for April 1.



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