Brothers avoid jail
TWO Mt Colliery brothers who narrowly avoided jail time yesterday share more than DNA – their criminal rap sheets more than mirroring their comparable appearances.
Caleb Ezekiel Rogers and older brother Joseph Luke Rogers faced a total of 15 charges in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday after a drunken drive though Tannymorel in a stolen ute late on February 24.
Caleb Rogers, 18, faced six charges, including one count of driving an uninsured vehicle, driving without a licence, entering premises with intent, trespass, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and driving an unregistered vehicle.
Joseph Rogers, 23, faced nine charges including one count of driving an uninsured vehicle, driving without a licence, entering premises with intent, possessing drug utensils, trespass, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without a licence.
The lengthy charge sheets were the result of a night of brotherly bonding over brews, when they stole an unregistered ute locked in a Mt Colliery shed.
The police prosecutor said a stolen utility was found by police about 11.25pm on February 24 near the Tannymorel school-house and they noticed the ignition had been tampered with.
The court heard the Rogers brothers were located on February 25 when officers noticed the tread on their shoes appeared to match the footprints left on floor of the shed from which the ute was stolen.
When Joseph Rogers was interviewed by police he admitted to being heavily intoxicated that night but could remember using a claw hammer to rip the steel shed door away from the lock and hotwiring the car, but it had stalled near the Tannymorel school house and he was unable to re-start it. Magistrate Anne Thacker unleashed a warning to the open-mouthed brothers when she told them they would not spend more than the 13 days already spent in custody.
“You’re a shame to your mother and the community,” Magistrate Thacker said.
Both were fined $800 and banned from driving for six months. Joseph Rogers will return to court on March 24 to contest two charges against him.