No jail time after guilty plea

A CHILDERS man involved in a six-month long spate of thefts, break-ins and drug charges across Bundaberg and Maryborough has walked free after being given probation and community service.

Graham Neil Kelly, 25, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to 15 charges, including four of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, three of stealing, attempted stealing, entering premises with intent and drugs charges.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward told the court Kelly and three accomplices began the offending on October 8, 2009, when they broke into the Gayndah Jockey Club.

One offender smashed a window of the club to gain entry and passed out several cartons of alcohol, which the group then drank while sitting outside of the building.

On December 6, Kelly and two others stole a Ford Fairlane from Apple Tree Creek between 6pm and 11pm.

On January 5, 2010, he and an accomplice entered a Tinana woman’s car and stole an iPod after she closed but did not lock the vehicle.

On January 11, Kelly and another accomplice rummaged through one man’s two vehicles in Granville, Maryborough, but dropped the items and ran when the owner caught them in the act.

Two days later, Kelly and the same accomplice broke into a Toyota Landcruiser and stole a wallet and a purse.

Police arrested the pair on January 18 and took them to Maryborough Police Station, where they admitted the thefts and led police to their hotel room. They showed officers stolen items, along with cannabis seeds and a pipe that Kelly admitted he used to smoke marijuana.

When arrested again on April 15 for another matter, police located two clipseal bags containing methyl amphetamine in Kelly’s pockets.

Defence lawyer Matt Messenger said all stolen items involved in the crimes had been returned except for Kelly’s quarter share of expenses from the Gayndah Jockey Club break-in.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Kelly to two years probation and 120 hours of community service.

She also ordered he pay $655 restitution to the Gayndah Jockey Club for damages and the alcohol stolen.

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