Serial offender finally jailed

AN old burglary charge finally caught up with Gympie man Tim Barnett this month, who will serve six months in prison for breaking into a house at Monkland in 2008.

Barnett, 34, had accumulated quite a few charges since then, some committed while he was serving out a suspended sentence.

Gympie Magistrates Court heard Barnett was charged with enter premises and commit an indictable offence, stealing, breaching a court order, obstructing police, driving while disqualified as well as for failing to appear in court, possession of drugs and for failing to dispose of a syringe.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Barnett’s fingerprints were found at the scene of a break and enter reported to police on January 13.

She said $1900 worth of valuables were taken, which included power tools, jewellery, photographic equipment and a GPS.

Snr Const Manns went on to tell the court Barnett’s next offence was a breach of a court order made in November 2009. She said Barnett breached the order in March this year but then failed to turn up to court in May.

The court heard on March 29 Barnett was disqualified from driving for six months but by April 20 was back behind the wheel when police intercepted his car on Lawrence Street for a random breath test and licence check.

Barnett tried to flee the scene on foot but was found and charged with disqualified driving and for obstructing police.

Then on June 8, Barnett was walking along Jane Street when police ordered him to empty his pockets. He had an empty sharps kit and a used needle and syringe containing the remains of a clear liquid found to be an oxycontin tablet crushed with water. Officers also found four unused needles and syringes hidden in his pants.

“The defendant doesn’t follow court orders... He had been given opportunities by the court and continued to commit offences,” Snr Const Manns said.

“It is prosecution’s submission for (Barnett) to be convicted and sentenced to periods of imprisonment.”

The court learned Barnett had already served time in prison for burglary and would have served his penalty for the 2008 burglary offence if he had owned up.

Barnett was sentenced to nine months in prison for burglary and ordered to pay $1900 in restitution by February 2011. He was sentenced to one month for obstructing police and three months for driving while disqualified and will be eligible for parole in February after serving six months in jail.

He was also given suspended sentences and his current one was extended by six months.

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