End of road for car thief


A MAN who broke into three vehicles and stole a fourth when he discovered the keys had been left inside faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

William Richard Sullivan, 33, of Avenell Heights, pleaded guilty to charges including entering a premises and committing an indictable offence, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, failing to stop a motor vehicle and obstructing police.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court that on September 6, 2010, Sullivan broke into three cars in a Rockhampton street before finding a fourth vehicle had keys inside.

He was spotted driving the vehicle on Bourbong Street, Bundaberg, 11 days later.

Officers pursued the vehicle, turning their lights and sirens on in an effort to make the car pull over.

But the vehicle sped up to 100kmh down Branyan Street, making it unsafe for officers to continue the pursuit.

Not long after, the vehicle was found in George Street and the passenger of the vehicle was discovered hiding in a nearby back yard.

The passenger implicated Sullivan, saying he had been the driver.

Months earlier, on July 20, the court was told Sullivan smashed a window of a car in Ipswich, stealing jewellery and a handbag from the back seat.

When police arrested Sullivan after the September offences, he became unco-operative and involved three officers in a scuffle, who eventually subdued him using capsicum spray.

“This defendant has nine pages of history of like-natured offences,” Sgt Stevens said.

He said Sullivan also had a four-month suspended jail sentence hanging over his head at the time of the offences.

Defence barrister Simon Burgess said his client did not remember committing the offence at Ipswich and the only evidence that he was at the scene was a fingerprint on the outside of the vehicle.

“Mr Sullivan became a father on Tuesday and hopefully that would provide an incentive for any man to make something of himself,” Mr Burgess said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts committed Sullivan to a total of nine months jail and activated the four-month suspended sentence, with parole eligibility on March 14.

Ms Batts said she took his early plea and previous traffic and criminal histories into consideration in her sentencing.

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