WATCH: Teen apologises for robbing elderly man

GUILTY: Kahlym John Phillips outside the Bundaberg Courthouse.
GUILTY: Kahlym John Phillips outside the Bundaberg Courthouse. Jim Alouat

A BRAZEN teen who stole $3000 from an 88-year-old man on a busy Bundaberg street while high on drugs has escaped jail time.

Kahlym John Phillips, 17, was released on probation and faced the media outside the Bundaberg Magistrates Court today apologising to his victim Peter Young.


"I apologise to the old man for doing what I done," he said.

On Wednesday, May 3, Mr Young was at the Bank of Queensland withdrawing $3000, which was placed into an envelope by a member of staff.

Phillips waited for his victim to leave the bank then followed him out and ripped the envelope from Mr Young's hand in an act Magistrate Belinda Merrin described as "reprehensible".

Ms Merrin said Phillips had preyed on the man's physical vulnerability.

"Senior members of our community deserve to feel safe on the streets," she said.

READ: Peter Young says he's overwhelmed with the public support


VICTIM: Peter Young at home after the incident.
VICTIM: Peter Young at home after the incident.

The court was told Phillips blew the money on drugs, alcohol and "other expenditures" in a two-day splurge.

Defence lawyer Lavonda Maloy had previously told the court Phillips had shown remorse for the crime, saying he had described it as an "opportunistic matter" and that he had a "mind snap".

"He was under the influence of illicit substances at the time of the offence," Mrs Maloy said.

Ms Merrin said she took into account Phillips' age, his co-operation with police, his early guilty plea and lack of criminal history.

Phillips was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and must pay $3000 in compensation to Mr Young.

The debt was referred to SPER.

He must also be under supervision of a corrective services officer for two years and undergo counselling.

Ms Merrin told Phillips if he did not comply with the probation order or committed another offence he could be brought before the courts to be sentenced for this offence

"You now have in your control whether or not you remain without a conviction," she said.

Topics:  bank of queensland buncourt theft

Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Insider’s guide to the best rooftop bars

Eleven Rooftop Bar is one to put on your hit list.

SEE the world from a different perspective...

Where to get your hands on the best wings

Try out these bad boys at Buffalo Bar.

IS THERE anything better than a wicked bowl of chicken wings? Nope.

Mum poses nude in support of body awareness

IN THE BUFF: Krystal Gordon poses in support of body confidence.

Bikini turned Krystal's life around

Bend in road is a 'death trap'

Motorcycle crash on Cedars Rd at South Kolan which occurred in October last year.

It's a head-on waiting to happen

Shop awning panel collapses and falls on CBD street

DOWN DOWN: Colette Smith, who runs Zest hairdressing, said she had informed her landlord about the condition of the awning.

Passers-by walk over debris for hours

Local Partners

19 dead, 50 injured in Ariana Grande 'terror attack'

NINETEEN people have been killed and at least 50 people have been injured following a terror attack in Manchester

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

Celebrity sex tapes: Where does all that money go?

Basically, did Paris and Kim earn fortunes from their videos?

Cher, 71, and Celine Dion wow world at Billboard Awards

“I’m 71 yesterday and I can do a five-minute plank, OK.”

Judah's return to The Voice stage is a knockout

Judah Kelly performs during his knockout round on The Voice.

QUEENSLAND singer nails Adele hit.

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Deputy Premier makes massive call on controversial sand mine

Aerial view of the proposed Forest Glen sand mine.

BREAKING: State Government makes huge call on Coast sand mine plans

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!