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Man, 18, is jailed for retirement home robbery

Bundaberg Magistrates Court.
Bundaberg Magistrates Court. Mike Knott

A TEEN who held up an elderly man in his home with a fake gun in the middle of the night has been sentenced to jail and warned to get his act together when he is finally released.

Matthew Stewart Maughan, 18, robbed an 87-year-old man of his car and wallet at the Kepnock Grove Retirement Village in December last year, allegedly in the company of another teen who is yet to face court.

But the incident was only one of the charges Maughan faced Bundaberg District Court for yesterday when he pleaded guilty to 13 offences including breaking and entering and stealing, burglary in the night, armed robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlawful use of a vessel.

Crown Prosecutor Alex Stark said on December 3 last year, Maughan and a co-offender had broken into an army disposal store on Bourbong St where they stole three replica firearms with the intention to use them in a robbery at a later date.

But that robbery came only a short time later when they were walking home through the retirement village and spotted a car they fancied.

Maughan knocked on the elderly car owner's door and while he at first pretended to be a security guard, returned moments later with his co-offender and a fake gun, telling him to hand over his wallet and keys.

The court heard Maughan had committed a number of other offences including stealing a woman's handbag from her home and stealing a tinny from the side of a trawler in the Burnett River.

"He has quite a substantial history for a young man of 18 years of age both as a juvenile and an adult," Mr Stark said.

Barrister Michael Holohan said Maughan had the support of his parents and had work and a place to live upon his release from prison.

He said Maughan was under the influence of alcohol and a number of drugs and said he committed the crime because he was desperate for money to buy food.

Judge Brendan Butler sentenced Maughan to a range of concurrent prison terms with a head sentence of three years jail with parole after serving nine months.

Maughan, who has been in custody for four months, will be released from jail in September and Judge Butler warned him he faced spending much of his life behind bars if he kept offending.

"At 18 years of age you can get your life together and get back to living a normal life and not one that is going to result in you spending much of your adult life in prison," Judge Butler said.

"You need to be very careful when you get out."

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