$3000 bill for slasher who took knife to computers

A TEENAGER who used a knife to damage three laptops at Dick Smith Electronics in Brassall has been fined and ordered to pay for the computers after being caught returning to the scene of the crime.

Brendon Gary Cropper, 18, pleaded guilty this week at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to wilful damage.

The court heard on November 14 Cropper walked into Dick Smith Electronics in Brassall and took a Stanley knife to the screens of three laptops.

The computers, valued at $999; $799 and $499, were written off with the damage to the screen irreparable.

Cropper was caught on the store's security footage damaging the screens.

Later that month Cropper returned to the store and was identified by staff members.

The court heard Cropper already had a "page of criminal history".

Cropper told the court he didn't know why he damaged the computers.

Before deciding on his sentence Magistrate Michael Quinn put Cropper into the police watch house for a number of hours.

Magistrate Quinn said Cropper was "wilfully, maliciously damaging property".

"This is very serious conduct with a pen knife," he said.

After spending time behind bars Cropper was released from the watch house and brought back into court.

He was fined $750 and ordered to pay $2247 in restitution for the damage done to the three laptops.


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