Teen vandal takes blame
THE eldest member of a group of juveniles who vandalised a vacant house was brought before Gympie Magistrates Court this week because he turned 17 before he committed the offences.
Reece Edward Lesslie was charged with two counts of break and enter and one of wilful damage from a month of “mischief” in March.
The court heard Lesslie was amongst a group of youngsters who broke into a house at Tamaree that had been purchased by Main Roads for the Cooroy to Curra Highway upgrade.
Lesslie and his friends damaged walls, lights and fittings, and he was also charged for the wilful damage of a railway boomgate at Tamaree.
In his defence, lawyer Greg Wildie said these incidents were what happened when a group of juveniles went looking for “mischief” to get into, except that his client was not a juvenile and had to stand before the court to be punished.
“The fact you are the only one here facing the music indicates you were the eldest. You should have taken a leadership role and set an example,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said
Lesslie, of Tamaree Road, Tamaree, was placed on a good behaviour bond for nine months.
“You must know how close you were to getting a significant damages bill,” Mrs Baldwin said.