Lesson learnt not trivial

IT was a valuable lesson to learn, Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told a Tin Can Bay man when she sentenced his friend to a suspended term of imprisonment for “a relatively trivial thing”.

Andrew Brendan Blundell, 23, and Joshua Robert Soanes, 27, had committed the same crime, but their punishment was very different, because of their criminal history.

On February 9 at Tin Can Bay, Soanes and Blundell placed their own outboard motor on a dinghy and, without the owner’s permission, pushed it out to deeper water.

A witness who knew they were up to something made a complaint to police. When officers questioned the pair, they said they were going to take it out for a joyride.

They were charged with unlawful use of a vessel.

In Gympie Magistrates Court, police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Soanes’ lengthy criminal history showed a propensity to dishonesty offences and a prison sentence would act as a deterrent to Blundell who had a lack of history.

Blundell, of Toolara Road, was placed on a good behaviour bond for three months and Soanes, of Whiting Street, was sentenced to three months in prison, wholly suspended.

Gympie Times


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