Jail for thieving mate
A 22-YEAR-old Bundaberg father of two has been jailed for nine months for his role in the theft of his neighbour's car as well as a motorbike from one of his friends.
Corey James Hucman pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court today to two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen goods and trespassing.
Bundaberg Police Sergeant Barry Stevens said Hucman had stayed with his friends while they took turns driving the motorbike around town last month, before texting the owner of the bike to let him know it was missing and it could be found behind Norville Pool.
"Police located the bike at 6.30am on March 29 but the defendant had left the scene, running through Norville School where he had no permission to be," Sgt Stevens said.
Sgt Stevens said when caught, Hucman also admitted to stealing his neighbour's car in August 2011.
Magistrate Deb Vasta said Hucman had "no respect for other people's property" and that on two occasions he had stolen vehicles belonging to acquaintances.
"Your friend opened his home to you," she said.
"You got drunk and when you left the property you called your mates to pick you up.
"You left the property vulnerable to your thug friends and stood by and watched them steal his motorbike."
Mrs Vasta said Mr Hucman had breached the trust of a good hearted person by allowing his friends to steal the motorbike, mobile phones and cash from the East Bundaberg Avenue St address, which the victim was using for residence and business after he sustained losses during the floods.
Defence lawyer Gavin James said Hucman repeatedly became intoxicated to the point of blacking out but, in his defence, he had texted the victim once he realised how stupid he had been.
But Mrs Vasta said that was no excuse and that lots of people made poor decisions while drunk but didn't commit crimes.
Hucman will be eligible for parole on August 1, this year.