Doctor's car stolen

A SERIAL car thief who stole his doctor’s vehicle while she was buying him new clothes was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment yesterday.

Fai Hour, 36, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to 19 charges including fraud, forgery and impersonation.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott told the court Hour had an extensive criminal history over 19 years and several Australian states.

The prosecutor told the court the outstanding charg

es spanned back to 1999 when the defendant, with a history of mental illness, stole his doctor’s car.

The woman had been tasked with treating Hour and took him shopping for new clothes.

As she was in a shop, Hour left the store and stole her Nissan Bluebird with keys he had stolen from her office.

He used two chequebooks found the car to commit further crimes in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

He used the cheques to purchase several cars including a Holden Callais and a Holden Commodore.

In 2006, the man also took a Toyota Corolla for a test drive around Kedron and never returned.

Sgt Shapcott said the man also traded other cars for ones he had fraudulently obtained over the years.

“One particular thing is clear, in his 19 years of his unabated offending, he is very good at the art of deception,” Sgt Shapcott said.

Defence Lawyer Thomas Bray told the court his client had a history of mental illness and had been sexually abused.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Hour to 18 months imprisonment, activated three months of a suspended sentence and she acknowledged a lengthy time he had already served giving him immediate parole.

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