Man lucky to avoid prison sentence

A WELL-KNOWN Bandidos Motorcycle Club supporter had speedy limbs but they were no match for automatic doors while he cradled a stolen television, the Warwick Magistrates Court heard this week.

James Leslie Conroy narrowly escaped a jail term after he pleaded guilty to one count of stealing, wilful damage, obstructing police and contravening a police direction.

The police prosecutor told the court police were called to a Palmerin Street hotel where a window and toilet cistern had been smashed with Conroy being the only tenant at the establishment who had a key to the area between December 31 to January 1.

The court heard the illiterate 26-year-old was located and admitted to smashing the window with his head but could not remember the toilet’s destruction due to intoxication.

The stealing incident related to Conroy who walked into Bi-Lo on January 15, picked up a television and left the store without purchasing the goods.

“An employee knew him (Conroy) and saw him take the TV and yelled at him to stop,” the prosecutor said.

Conroy’s defence counsel said alcohol was the main contributing factor for his client’s rogue behaviour.

“He ran from police only to be caught and cuffed because he’s been running so fast and the Rose City automatic doors haven’t had time to open and bang,” the defence counsel said.

Magistrate Anne Thacker sentenced Conroy to 180 hours community service, eight months parole and a conviction was recorded.

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