A Gympie man's old crime catches up with him
THE long memory of the law brought a young Gympie man's fingerprints back to haunt him in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.
The court was told Corey James Baker, 18, escaped detection in two break-ins committed as a teenager on June 21 and October 21, 2013.
But he did leave fingerprints behind. They could not be identified as his at the time because Baker had no record.
But when he was caught for wilful damage after a January 30 offence this year, a routine check of police files revealed a match to the earlier offences.
Baker pleaded guilty to all three charges against him yesterday, including the most recent one, smashing a car's glass window.
The court was told Baker was apprehended by police last month for the January matter. Police then checked their records and found the tell-tale match.
Baker's legal representative told the court she believed Baker would be able to get enough time away from his duties as a carer to perform community service.
Magistrate M. Bice told Baker his offences were not taken lightly by the law.
"These are very serious changes under the Criminal Code and a lot of people go to jail for offences like these," Mr Bice said.
"You are young, you have lost your way and it appears you have got to get back on track. It would be appropriate for you to give something back," he said, ordering Baker to perform 50 hours' community service.