Driver jailed, bike taken

A MAN was sent to jail and forced to permanently surrender his motorbike to the Crown after fronting court on eight charges yesterday.

This will not be the first prison stay for Mark Anthony Tomlinson, 26, of Bundaberg west, who pleaded guilty to charges including trespassing and driving without a licence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Tomlinson was caught squatting in a Takalvan Street home on June 30.

Officers located the man in the bathroom of the house and noted his belongings, which included a bong, were strewn across the house.

“He indicated he had entered the house via an unlocked door,” Sgt Stevens said.

Days later on July 8, police caught the 26-year-old riding unlicensed on an unregistered, uninsured, motorbike on Bourbong Street.

“He said he was currently unlicensed and check revealed he had never had one,” Sgt Stevens said.

“He said he was riding because it was too far to walk home.”

On August 1, the repeat offender was caught riding the same bike at the corner of Twyford and Dittman streets.

He said he had been riding with a friend in a paddock several kilometres away.

The court heard Tomlinson was on a 14-month probation order at the time of all the offences.

“While a term of imprisonment is one of last resort, this defendant has no other option in my submission,” Sgt Stevens said. “In the past, he has been given the benefit of probation three times, a suspended jail term which he breached and actual terms of imprisonment.”

Defence barrister Simon Burgess said his client had been kicked out of a friend's home which led him to squat in the house.

He said Tomlinson was studying engineering at TAFE and submitted he be given a suspended sentence.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring gave the defendant a head sentence of four months with parole on November 24.



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