Good behaviour bond for vandal

ONE of the two perpetrators who vandalised the Excelsior Road shops pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday to the October 26 offences.

The court heard that Darren John McFaul, 19, of Tobin Crescent, Widgee, and a accomplice broke into Excelsior Fresh, Excelsior Meats and Octopus’ Garden “looking for money or a safe”.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said McFaul “stayed watch while the other person looked for a safe” once they forced open the roller door to Excelsior Fresh at about 3.40am.

“The defendant and a male accomplice kicked the freezer to gain entry to Octopus’ Garden.

“They threw frozen food on the floor.

“The defendant said they were trying to locate a safe or money.”

Snr Const Manns said the two broke a glass door to gain entry into Excelsior Meats and “stole the daily float”.

She asked that McFaul be placed on probation in order to “give him the assistance he needs to say no as it appears he was following the other offender” and that he pay restitution for the damage.

Solicitor for McFaul, Alan Korabaczs, said his client was “intellectually challanged” and asked that punishment be by way of a community service order.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin stood the matter down in order to ascertain the restitution, however when court resumed after lunch, no dollar value had been forthcoming and no restitution ordered.

Mrs Baldwin placed McFaul on a bond to be of good behaviour for 12 months with a recognizance of $100.

Gympie Times


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