Jail after chase, ramming police
AFTER endangering the lives of others, Robert Kelvin Delphin of Boggabilla pleaded guilty in Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday to a total of six charges.
Magistrate Anne Thacker sentenced 19-year-old Delphin to a period of eight months imprisonment, to serve three months for the six charges, and suspended his licence for two years after he had been in custody for five days.
Delphin was charged with stealing from a person, breach of bail undertaking, unlawful use of a motorvehicle, dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving without a licence and failure to stop a motor vehicle.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve de Lissa told the court that on February 23 at Station Square Shopping Centre in Maryborough Delphin snatched a wallet from a complainant after he was at a bank.
After being charged and admitting to stealing the wallet due to needing money for his partner and two children, Delphin failed to appear in court on March 9.
The defendant later moved to Boggabilla, where on June 9 at 9.10pm he stole a blue utility parked outside Boggabilla Central School.
Delphin later said he was intoxicated at the time of the offence as he had drunk a bottle of rum and couldn’t recall the incident.
Police spotted him a short time later after the vehicle was stolen in Boggabilla and pursued him for about 60km to Goondiwindi and Toobeah before they terminated the chase.
Sen Const de Lissa said Boggabilla and Goondiwindi police were involved in the pursuit, during which they witnessed Delphin drive on the opposite side of the road, narrowly missing oncoming traffic and failing to stop on police instruction.
While in pursuit Delphin pulled over into a paddock, and after being approached by police attempted to leave the paddock and drove directly into the Boggabilla Police vehicle.
He was located the following day after police were contacted by a property owner who had spotted the car.
Delphin once again told police he had no recollection of the event.
Counsel for Delphin, Daniel Habermann, said his client relocated to Queensland to try and find work and make a new life for himself with his partner and twochildren.
“His driving was erratic and extremely dangerous; fortunately there seems to have been no significant damage to the vehicle,” Mr Habermann said.
Magistrate Thacker said 19 years old was not very old and he had no criminal history in Queensland.
“All the offences took place while you were drunk and you forced the police officers to chase you for a considerable distance. It took more than one police car before you stopped,” she said.
“That sort of conduct is simply not acceptable in the community.”