Pants-bulge fails to impress cops

BENJAMIN Haines is a big man but even so, the bulge down his pants on June 24 must have looked a little unnatural.

That's because it was.

Haines had shoved a 1.25-litre bottle of Coke down his pants to hide it before pinching it from a Pialba supermarket.

He was caught and charged with shoplifting.

Haines, 22, also faced several other charges in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

The court heard he stole a wallet from a Pialba department store in December 2008, stole a box of muesli bars from a Scarness store in January, punched and dented the panel of car in April, stole a woman's purse from a takeaway store in August and rifled through a parked car in September.

Prosecutor Sergeant Kathryn Stagoll said the offences were minor in themselves but Haines's extensive history and constant re-offending deserved a jail term.

Defence solicitor Travis George said Haines was like a new man after spending 30 days in custody.

“Drugs were a major factor in relation to this stupidity - he's clean of drugs now,” he said.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell sentenced Haines to four months jail with immediate parole, fined him $500 and ordered he pay restitution of $557.90 to the owner of the damaged car.



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