Dumped man stole engagement rings
A HEARTBROKEN man who stole $17,000 worth of engagement rings when his girlfriend dumped him has been released on parole after appealing his 18-month prison sentence.
The court heard the Daniel Lawrence Moss went into a Maryborough jewellers and asked to view a selection of rings, and when the sales assistant placed a card of 15 rings on the counter, he picked it up and ran.
But overcome with remorse, the man turned himself in at a police station two days later, accompanied by a local pastor, and he returned jewellery worth $13,134.
Moss told police where he thought he had left the remaining $4600 worth of rings, but they were not there when police attended.
The 39-year-old pleaded guilty to entering premises to commit an indictable offence and unauthorised dealing with shop goods, at Bundaberg Magistrates Court.
During his sentencing, the prosecution said Moss was a chronic alcoholic at the time of the offence, and was also a recovering heroin addict.
While he did have a criminal history in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland, most of his offences related to his substance abuse problem.
The duty lawyer said his client had been in a relationship with a woman with whom he had broken up, and that may have accounted for his idea to look at engagement rings.
Moss had also stopped taking his medication at the time of the offence, which may have contributed to his actions, the court heard.
He was initially sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended after six months.
But according to a judgement released by the Queensland Courts, the penalty was reduced on appeal to 14 months imprison, suspended from November 15, allowing Moss to be released from custody.