Jailed after watch house tedium

“BORED and upset with the world” were the reasons Kiel Richards, 18, gave for scratching letters into a cell wall while being held in custody at the Gympie watch house.

Gympie Magistrates Court heard Richards had been in and out of the watch house since he turned 17, and that on September 11 he had been brought in for another matter.

Still in custody on September 15, it was discovered he had used a loose metal screw to scratch the paint.

He was on a suspended sentence at the time, and 14 days in prison was activated in full.

With time already spent in custody taken into account he was to serve two more days.

Richards was ordered to pay $1020 for repairs and to do 80 hours community service.

Gympie Times


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