Magistrate cautions on excess drinking

A CURRA man pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday, to the October 26 break and enter of Murphy’s store on the corner of Lady Mary Terrace and Caledonian Hill.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns told the court that Charley John Druce, 19, of Ian Drive, smashed a glass window and cut his hand, dripping blood on the floor of the store.

She said Druce had also contravened a direction by failing to provide identifying particulars to police within seven days.

“My client was heavily intoxicated,” duty solicitor Leanne Gordon said.

“He does not believe he broke in to steal anything.

“Maybe he just wanted something to eat or drink.

“You only get so many chances,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Druce.

“If you are going to do drugs or alcohol then you rob yourself of the ability to make choices.

“You could have severed an artery.

“If you were sober, you would not put your arm through cut glass would you?

“You can’t get wasted then think ‘I cannot drink that much’.

“These two charges are starting to move you up the ladder; each time you come to court you up the ante.

“The store owner had to work long hours.

“People in business earn a living by buying themselves a job, the last thing they need is to have their shop destroyed.

“If you come before court again, you will be looking at probation or a suspended sentence.”

Druce was ordered to complete 80 hours community service and pay restitution of $15.

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