Five months jail over car - and the rest of the crimes
TWO young men have been sentenced to jail in Gympie Magistrates Court on charges that include the unlawful use of a leading solicitor's car, burglary of a wrecking yard and other crimes committed between Hervey Bay, Gympie and Tara.
The good news for them is that they had served five months in prison already and were able to be released on immediate parole.
Matthew Johne Buchanan, 21, and Jeremy Dennis Coman, 19, each pleaded guilty to a range of charges including unlawful use of a car belonging to Brendan Cuddihy, of Gympie law firm Jeffery Cuddihy and Joyce.
And that may have been the least of their worries when they appeared in court on Tuesday.
Buchanan also pleaded guilty to charges alleging unlawful entry to Gympie Auto Wreckers, obstructing police and unlawfully possessing a knife between August 16 and 27 last year.
Coman pleaded guilty to a range of similar charges committed between June 14 and August 24.
Coman also pleaded guilty to driving on the Bruce Highway with meth amphetamine and THC in his system, stealing $2000 and an Apple iPad, unlawfully using a family member's unregistered and uninsured car and driving while suspended for unpaid fines at Kybong on September 5.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan commented that Buchanan was "only just off parole on a previous matter” and just outside the operational period of a suspended sentence imposed for offences including arson and burglary.
He sentenced Buchanan and Coman to 14 months in jail, with immediate parole after the court recognised their five months on remand as time served. Coman was also ordered to pay $500 to cover the insurance excess on Mr Cuddihy's car, $1989 for cash stolen from the wrecking yard, $2000 for cash stolen from another victim and $4875 to the family member whose trust Mr Callaghan said had been abused.