Man steals shopping trolley handle and gets fined $250

A WARWICK man has pleaded guilty to theft of a shopping trolley handle after the police discovered it in his car.

The piece of the Woolworths shopping trolley was found in 20-year-old Kieran William Donovan's car during a search that he had agreed to last Friday.

Donovan said he had acquired the handle while working as a trolley boy, but he did not regard it as theft.

Police found the handle down the side of the driver's seat, along with a small quantity of marijuana on the passenger side.

In a police interview Donovan had admitted to knowing the passenger had the drug on him, but only when police pulled them up.

The charge of stealing was one of a number of counts to which Donovan pleaded guilty in the Magistrates Court yesterday.

A breach of bail was also included in the list because he had failed to appear at a previous hearing.

However, the local man had handed himself into the Warwick police once he realised his mistake.

Donovan's counsel claimed he did not read his summons properly and "had the court dates mixed up".

"His history is only minimal, he had drug-related offence 15 months ago, however supervision may be in order," Magistrate Graham Lee said.

The trolley handle incident was Donovan's first stealing offence. The young meatworker was given a $250 fine and probation for 12 months with no conviction recorded.



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