Teen sentenced to jail

A TEENAGER who vandalised schools, ransacked an indoor sports centre and stole a car to go bush bashing was told he risked being an inmate’s sex toy if he put a foot wrong while jail terms and court orders hung over his head.

Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Jamie Deacon, 17, he had two choices. He could go on to lead a life of crime in and out of jail or he could make the most of his experience and work towards having a brighter future.

An “easily-led” Deacon had been swept up in a crime spree in the past few months, in which time he committed several offences, the last of them dealt with in court yesterday. For breaking in to Two Mile School in March and Monkland School in August, Deacon was sentenced to two months in jail, suspended for two years and ordered to pay $1100 for damages.

He was placed on probation for two years for stealing a car from Centro and for breaking in and vandalising the indoor cricket centre in August. Deacon, of Wilbraham Street, Gympie, was fined $200 for unlicensed driving and ordered to pay $1900 for the car, which he had badly damaged.

He was disqualified from holding a licence for one month and sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for 12 months, for traffic offences in September.

Gympie Times


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