Teen breaks into bottle shop, again
KYLE Joseph William Hendle has, for the second time in three months, walked free from court after breaking into bottle shops.
Despite being put on probation in November, the teenager committed three similar offences just this week, the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court has heard.
Hendle, 18, pleaded guilty to repeatedly breaking into an Eli Waters bottle shop on Tuesday.
He broke into another bottle shop in August because, he told the court, he was so desperate for alcohol. He was placed on 12 months probation.
But yesterday, Hendle appeared in court on two similar charges – and again walked free.
In a drunken state, he and some friends broke into the Thirsty Camel on Ibis Boulevard on Tuesday morning.
Twice he wrapped a t-shirt around his head to protect his identity, crawled through a broken window and removed cartons of VB from the store, prosecutor Senior Constable Janice Thompson said.
“Clearly the probation has not been a deterrent to him,” Snr Const. Thompson said.
Hendle told police he was at a party when some friends said they had broken into a bottle shop and convinced him to return to the scene with them.
Defence lawyer John Milburn said Hendle and a friend had already drunk a bottle of rum when the others arrived with “huge quantities” of alcohol. He was aware the booze was stolen but still drank it, Mr Milburn said. He later agreed to return to the bottle shop.
Mr Milburn said Hendle was so drunk he could barely remember going to the store the second time.
Hendle, who is unemployed, appeared in court shirtless and handcuffed after spending two days in police custody.
Mr Milburn said Hendle acknowledged he had a drinking problem and was keen to attend rehab.
“He doesn’t want to let his mum and dad down anymore,” he said.
Hendle walked away from court with a $600 fine for the three offences.