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Jail for offender

DEALT with leniently by the court when convicted for serious charges in April, Daniel Steinhardt didn’t get another chance. He was sent straight to jail when brought back to Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday for failing to meet the terms of his punishment.

He was originally placed on probation and sentenced to imprisonment, suspended for two years, for charges of assault occasioning bodily harm and wilful damage. He was placed on probation for drink-driving and driving while disqualified.

Steinhardt agreed to the terms, including weekly reporting and attending rehabilitation courses, but did not comply. He said he had been working and didn’t get phone reception where he lived.

“He must think I’m really stupid,” magistrate John Parker told the court. “I don’t accept that the phone doesn’t work out there. These orders mean something and I’m not going to sit like a marshmallow and let you laugh at court.”

Steinhardt’s probation orders were revoked. He was re-sentenced to four months in prison to be paroled on January 5, 2010.

Gympie Times


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