Convicted looter ‘too busy’ for community service

POLICE were called to Gympie Magistrates Court to collect a convicted looter who said he'd rather go to jail than do his community service.

Nathan John Caulfield was sentenced to 80 hours' community service and six months' probation for stealing by looting from the Royal Hotel while it was inundated with floodwater on January 28 last year.

He was sentenced on August 27 but returned to the court last Thursday for breaching his probation and community service orders.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin heard Caulfield had failed to undertake any community service in the time allocated and that he said to probation officers he'd rather do a month in jail than fit the community service into his busy schedule.

Magistrate Baldwin asked police prosecutor Sergeant Lisa Manns to call for police to take Caulfield to the watch house so he could wait in custody while she worked out a jail term.

Caulfield said the community service was a problem as he was trying to run his own business and move on with his life. "All I want to do is get it out of the way," he told the court.

After reminding Caulfield the maximum penalty for looting was a 10-year jail sentence, she told him a month's jail would serve little assistance to a busy schedule.

Magistrate Baldwin adjourned the matter until April 17 to give the offender time to complete his community service.

Caulfield was not held in custody.

Gympie Times


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