Shoplifter had "expensive taste"

A YOUNG man who stole top-shelf meat and alcohol was told he had “expensive taste” when he appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court to face charges for stealing and traffic offences.

The court heard Justin Richard Williams, 26, stole meat from Coles in Maroochydore on March 18 and a 1.75 litre bottle of Jack Daniels from Mount Pleasant Hotel on March 22. On April 10 he drove while his licence was suspended and on April 18 he rode an unregistered motorbike without lights while unlicensed and not wearing a helmet and crashed into the side of a car when he failed to stop at a set of lights on Mount Pleasant Road.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Jason Todman said Williams was facing a jail term but told the court his behaviour had improved thanks to his girlfriend’s stabilising influence. Williams said the main reason he stole was out of boredom and necessity. “I’m doing pretty good at the moment. I’m starting to do things normal people do,” he said.

When asked what that was, Williams said he was trying to get enrolled in a TAFE course.

“You’re coming up to 27 (years-old), it’s time to say you had a wild time in your youth (and move forward),” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told him and ordered him to complete 60 hours community service for the stealing offences and pay for the stolen goods.

Williams, of Flynn Road, Gympie, had his licence disqualified for month for two counts of driving while suspended by SPER (State Penalty Enforcement Register). He was ordered to do 82 hours of community service in lieu of $1640 worth of fines for the traffic offences.

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