Chris Ison

Sholifting teen keen to change

A GYMPIE teenager whose recent actions got her into trouble with the law is keen to put this chapter of her life behind her, Gympie Magistrates Court heard this week.

Samantha Jayne Kapernick, 18, who appeared in court on Monday for stealing, interfering with shop goods and public nuisance, admitted suffering from alcohol problems at the time.

The court heard the teenager stole a shop decoration outside a Gympie business on May 16 and a month later was seen moving witches' hats and council signs from a Horseshoe Bend footpath to the road, causing a car to strike one as it passed.

On June 16, the teenager was caught stealing four pair of shoes from Spendless Shoes at Gympie Central.

The teenager hid the sandals under a blanket in a shopping trolley before being found in Woolworths with the items.

"She's very young and very remorseful; she particularly realises the gravity of her actions, especially the public nuisance charge," defence lawyer Mathew Post told the court.

Magistrate J. Schubert took the young defendant's remorse into account when sentencing.

"I note you are seeking ways of rehabilitating yourself by reconnecting with school," Mr Schubert said.

"I compliment you on that."

Kapernik pleaded guilty to all three charges and was issued 50 hours community service to be completed in six months.

The court recorded no convictions against her.

Gympie Times


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