Man steals from guide dog charity

A BUNDABERG man, who stole charity money from a Guide Dogs container in a pub, was sentenced on Monday to 12 months in prison.

Walter Thomas Godfrey, 25, formally of Targo Street, faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court charged with stealing, contravening a direction and entering premises.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Robyn Shapcott, told the court Godfrey entered the front bar of a pub on Quay Street on October 18, detached a Guide Dog Association donation box from its chain and left the premises.

Godfrey was arrested in the Bundaberg RSL.

“The (guide dog box) was partially concealed in a stormwater drain outside a tyre business,” Sgt Shapcott said.

Godfrey was also caught on CCTV footage at the Bundaberg Travel Centre in the railway complex on August 25.

The court was told there was footage of the defendant stealing a black cash tin that contained $973.20.

Godfrey, who pleaded guilty, has been in jail since the October 18 offence.

Restitution was sought for the money in the cash tin, the cash tin worth $6.80, and $10 for the money in the charity box.

The defendant’s lawyer Matthew Messenger said his client was unemployed, but was doing volunteer work with the Salvation Army, and had a problem with alcohol at the time of the offences.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring sentenced the defendant to two, 12-month prison terms, to be served concurrently.

His parole date was set for October 4.

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