Sentenced to jail for fare evasion

A MAN who trashed an Elliott Heads rental house and evaded taxi fares was sentenced to imprisonment with immediate parole on Friday.

Kim Venacio Taylor pleaded guilty to two charges of fare evasion and two counts of wilful damage in Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said the 24-year-old had evaded two cab fares during February.

On February 14, he took a taxi from the Burnett Heads Convenience Store to his Elliott Heads rental home.

When his MasterCard was declined, he did not pay the $60.70 fare.

On February 21, he took a cab from Bundaberg to Elliott Heads, costing $45.

He said he needed to get money from his house but he never returned with the payment.

When contacted by police, he said he would pay the fare the following week but the payment was never made.

In March, police received a call from Mr Taylor's real estate agent saying they had reason to believe he was causing damage to the property.

Upon inspection, police found that several walls inside and outside of the house had been damaged.

Taylor admitted he had caused the damage, saying between March 15 and 31 he and his partner had had an argument and he threw a kettle across the room into a wall.

He said on another occasion he had back-handed a wall while arguing with his partner.

Sgt Stevens said a term of imprisonment was the only appropriate sentence.

“You would think a 24-year-old man would be able to conduct himself more appropriately,” the prosecutor said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Taylor to four months imprisonment with immediate parole.

She also ordered he pay $240 for the first fare evasion and $60.70 restitution, and $180 for the second offence and $45 restitution.

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