Dads crime spree ends with jail
LOOKING down the barrel of at least six months jail time wasn’t about to cramp a 20-year-old’s style as he performed an odd dance from the Warwick Magistrates Court to the watch-house this week.
Braden Mark Hodgson pleaded guilty to one count of break and enter, stealing and unlawful use of motor vehicle.
The police prosecutor told the court Hodgson and an accomplice’s day of rampage began when the pair stole a red Commodore from an 85-year-old’s garage and ended by crashing the vehicle in a ditch near the cemetery at Willis Street.
“The keys were in the side door of the car and they’ve taken it between 10pm and 4am on August 25 and 26,” the prosecutor said.
“About 5am the car was captured on footage at the Caltex service station; they’ve filled up and left without paying.
“(Hodgson and the accomplice) were then seen on video footage breaking into the Stockyard Hotel.”
The court heard Hodgson was interviewed by police and was granted watch-house bail but as part of his conditions was to stay at his parents’ Warwick home between 8pm and 7am.
But when police went to check on Hodgson about 11pm, he was missing until 1am when handed himself over.
Magistrate Anne Thacker said Hodgson should be “too busy” with his a job as a bobcat operator and his new family to be stealing a car and alcohol.
“There’s been no explanation for this bad behaviour. You were given bail and immediately breached that and have offended while on parole,” Magistrate Thacker said.
Hodgson was sentenced to 18 months behind bars with a parole eligibility date of February 28, was ordered to pay compensation to the “old man” in the sum of $500 for the car and about $30 for the stolen petrol.