Man goes AWOL, takes company car

GAVIN John Knight was so strung out on amphetamines that he failed to show up for work for three days and took the company car with him.

Knight appeared in court charged with unlawful use of a car, fraud, possessing drugs, failing to dispose of a needle and breach of bail.

The 29-year-old was arrested at Urangan on a warrant for failing to appear at a Bundaberg court in 2007.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard that Knight had worked at Tyrepower in Bundaberg in 2007 and drove a 2003 Nissan Navara belonging to the company.

On September 25 he failed to show up for work and, despite numerous attempts, his employer could not contact him. He was found two days later at a home in Pacific Haven, with the car parked outside.

He was also charged with fraud for using the company fuel card.

Defence lawyer Michael Riedel blamed his client’s actions on his drug addiction.

He said that now, two years on, Knight was a drug-free Bay resident who had paid his former employer $50 and also sent a letter apologising for any grief he had caused.

Knight was ordered by Magistrate Tom Killeen to attend a drug education session and fined $1000.

A conviction was not recorded.

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