Rotary building damaged

A MAN who broke into the former St John Ambulance building in Apollonian Vale on June 21, appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday to answer charges of entering premises to commit an indictable offence, trespassing and possessing a knife in public.

The court heard James Edward Shipp, 19, of Apollonian Vale kicked twice the locked door of a building leased by community organisations including Rotary, which was seeking restitution for the damage.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said after the door opened Shipp “threw furniture” and “threw a chair against glass louvers” which smashed.

“He exited through the entry point and walked to the Australian Hotel.

“The defendant was heard screaming and seen kicking over rubbish bins along Lady Mary Tce.”

Snr Const Manns said Shipp walked along the MVHR railway line, toward Stewart Tce and was stopped and arrested in Chapple St where police found he was carrying a pocket knife that extended to 10cm when open.

She asked that Shipp be placed on probation to “assist him with his alcohol and anger problems he may be experiencing”.

“I was foolish. I’m not going to do it again,” Shipp said, choosing not to have legal representation.

When asked if he’d thought about probation, Shipp admitted “I don’t know anything about it but I’ll do it”.

Magistrate Dennis Beutel told Ship “You will not get another chance at probation”.

“You understand that organisations like Rotary are there to assist the community.”

Shipp was placed on six months probation, ordered to pay $280 compensation and had to forfeit the knife.

“You seem to have trouble with alcohol. Probation will help change that behaviour. You will have the advantage of someone to assist you,” Mr Beutel said.

Gympie Times

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