Teen drug-using thief learns lesson the hard way

A 19-year-old drug-using thief said he'd learnt his lesson after spending a difficult few weeks behind bars.

Dylan Clements Newham pleaded guilty to 18 charges, after three weeks in custody on remand.

The charges included possessing drugs, drug utensils, stealing from a Duke St home and breaching bail, but it was his failure to appear in court that cost his freedom.

The court heard he skipped court on March 31, May 1, June 2 and July 28. By the time he fronted, he was refused bail.

The court dates were for charges including possessing methylamphetamine, marijuana, bongs and other utensils, and stealing $1500-worth of tools and other items from the home on Duke St on May 23 and $30-worth of alcohol from the same address on July 1. He also stole a wallet in February.

Magistrate M Baldwin told Newham to choose his friends wisely once out of prison as they wouldn't be there as he was being "brutalised in jail".

He was given a head sentence of one month jail, suspended for 12 months for one fail to appear charge, and 14 days cumulative for the others.

He was also given probation and community service for the other offences and was ordered to repay $1530 to the theft victims.

Gympie Times


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