Swords stolen in break-ins

A 23-YEAR-OLD man was released on parole this week despite committing two burglaries while he was on a suspended jail term.

Dylan Joel Douglas Wilson appeared in custody in the Maryborough Magistrates Court to plead guilty.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said Wilson and a co-accused broke into the Maryborough Skindivers business on September 12 and stole $1146, a diver’s watch, a DVD player and a television.

On the same night the pair broke into the Maryborough Caledonian Society’s premises and stole a ceremonial sword, axe and flail from a display case.

They also pinched confectionery, food and drinks and audio equipment.

Wilson was on a suspended prison sentence at the time.

He had previously appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court for possessing stolen copper wire and was sentenced to a nine-month suspended jail term.

Defence barrister Michael Woodford said Wilson was affected by drugs at the time and was “taken along for the ride”.

Mr Woodford said Wilson had spent 34 days in custody, during which time he had declined offers of drugs which were “freely available” in prison.

He was seeking help for his addiction to marijuana and planned to attend a rehabilitation centre, Mr Woodford said.

Judge Julie Ryrie said it seemed Wilson had made genuine attempts at rehabilitation.

“You tried to stay out of trouble before reverting back to taking drugs and getting into strife,” she said. “The submission that you are a young man who is drug affected is starting to wear thin.

“Address your problems or you’re going to keep coming back (to court).”

Judge Ryrie sentenced Wilson to 13 months jail but released him immediately on parole.

“You will be your own jailer if you muck up,” she said.



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