IN COURT: A man has faced Bundaberg Magistrate's Court.
IN COURT: A man has faced Bundaberg Magistrate's Court. Mike Knott

From Christmas shopping to break-in

A BUNDABERG man who finished off a day of Christmas shopping by smashing his way into a leagues club with his girlfriend and stealing bottles of alcohol was released from jail just in time to hand over his gifts.

Dean John White, 23, appeared in the docks of Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to charges of break and enter and drink driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover said officers received a Triple Zero call just after 3am on December 7 regarding a disturbance at the Western Suburbs Leagues Club.

"CCTV shows the defendants pick up a rock and use it to smash the glass panels," Snr Const Glover said.

The prosecutor said White and his girlfriend crawled through the broken glass to get inside the premises where they stole two six packs of beer, a bottle of rum and a bottle of Jack Daniels.

Police found the pair sitting near the Bundaberg Hospital with a bottle of alcohol.

Snr Const Glover said the woman was injured during the theft, cutting her legs on the glass.

White also pleaded guilty to a count of drink driving which arose after police caught him sitting in a parked car on November 4 with a blood alcohol level of .207%.

Solicitor Edwina Rowan represented White whom she said lived with his grandmother.

"The co-accused is his girlfriend and he's been quite candid," Ms Rowan said.

"He said both of them suffer from substance abuse issues.

"Only a number of days earlier, she had suffered a miscarriage."

Ms Rowan said the pair had been Christmas shopping on the day of the offence and then they started drinking and "things escalated".

Magistrate Deb Vasta fined White $2000 for drink driving and converted the penalty to 100 hours of community service as well as disqualifying him from driving for 18 months.

Mrs Vasta sentenced White to 14 days jail, which was time already served, and released him onto 18 months probation for the break and enter offence.

"You've got a lot to do over the next 18 months to get your life on track," she said.

"I'm prepared to give you an opportunity.

"You're still a young man and there's still a chance to turn your life around."



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