Man denied bail after theft charge

A MAN and his heavily pregnant partner sobbed uncontrollably in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday after he was denied bail for allegedly stealing $2000 from the Sugarland Tavern.

Steven John Jensen, 35, of Johnston Street, did not enter a plea for one charge of stealing.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott said Jensen began gambling about 10.30am at the Sugarland Tavern on Friday.

She said Jensen lost $450 in five hours, leaving no money for food or care for his partner and their two children.

About 3.30pm, staff left the till unattended and Jensen allegedly leaned over the bar, took about $2000 cash and fled.

Sgt Shapcott told the court police attended Jensen's home on Friday evening and his de facto partner contacted him.

“When located, Jensen told police he had hidden the cash in the cemetery and thrown his clothes in a bin,” she said.

Sgt Shapcott said police were unable to locate the money in the cemetery.

Officers later found $1600 hidden in an esky in the bedroom of a home of one of Jensen's acquaintances.

Sgt Shapcott told the court Jensen had an extensive criminal history.

Defence lawyer Edwina Rowan said Jensen was the full-time carer of his de facto partner, who suffers from epilepsy and depression.

Ms Rowan said Jensen also cared for their two children and would be the only one available to look after them when his partner gave birth at the end of the month.

“Jensen is also suffering a back condition at the moment and has a cracked tailbone,” she said.

“It is also his intention to receive counselling for post traumatic stress disorder.”

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said Jensen had put her in an “unfortunate position” because of his “very lengthy history”, which included jail periods in 2003, 2008 and 2009.

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