Card spree cashed in

STEALING a credit card that a customer inadvertently left behind and using it to buy $393.32 worth of goods from five different places landed a Gympie man with a suspended jail sentence.

Shannon Lee Dawes, 29, of Lady Mary Tce, pleaded guilty to the December 3 offences.

The court heard Dawes had used the card to buy $13.90 in food from McDonald's, $61.94 in items at a newsagent, David Attenborough DVDs for $206, and $111.48 worth of alcohol from the Phoenix Hotel.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Dawes was just 11 days short of finishing a previous probation order when he committed the offences.

"A deterrent has to be sent," Snr Const Manns said and asked for a two to four-month jail sentence with Dawes to serve a third of the sentence.

"He was put on probation and the rehabilitation system does not appear to have assisted him," she said.

Duty solicitor Claire Braithwaite said her client had "some gambling issues he's addressing" and was "no longer working where there is cash".

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said while gambling was a problem in our society, it did not absolve Dawes.

She said she had to balance Dawes' rehabilitation with sending a message and community expectation.

Dawes was sentenced to three months jail suspended for 12 months and eight months probation for breaching his previous probation.

He was also ordered to pay $393.32 restitution within six months.

Gympie Times


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