Probation for jittery lookout

REPEATED bouts of the nervous nellies while acting as a lookout during a series of break-ins in Warwick have not helped a problematic 18-year-old avoid a year-long probation order.

Dylan Hendrix Selfe pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court last Friday to a range of offences including four counts of break and enter, along with numerous traffic offences.

The court heard Selfe, who is unemployed and lives with his parents in Warwick, rode by pushbike to several local business and other premises after hours with two accomplices in November intending to break-in.

Selfe acted as the group’s lookout but became so nervous on one occasion – while the trio were trying to gain entry to Carey Brothers butchery on Locke Street – he took off even before the alarm went off.

Another of the break-ins took place at the Regency Park retirement village, where Selfe’s co-accused accessed a common room area, stealing a DVD player, a laptop computer and cash.

The court heard Selfe was “too scared” to go inside with his comrades on that occasion and his nerve likewise failed him during a break-in at the Foodworks Westside store. He hid in bushes while the others went inside.

The Warwick Post Office and the offices of Brown Nolan and Watt Accountants on Wood Street were also broken into.

Selfe’s defence counsel said his client had not received any financial benefit from property stolen in the break-ins, which was discovered at the residence of one of the co-accused.

His counsel asked Magistrate Anne Thacker to consider a community service order as a penalty but Ms Thacker was not convinced it would be an acceptable punishment, sentencing Selfe to 12 months probation.

She also fined him $1750 for a range of traffic offences but did not disqualify Selfe from driving, insisting he get a licence. No criminal conviction was recorded.

One of Selfe’s co-accused, Justin Jon Hutley, 22, was previously sentenced to two years probation for his part in the break-ins.

The alleged third member of the party, Braden Mark Hodgson, 20, is due to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on February 24 in relation to his charges.

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