'It's a joke if you walk free': Magistrate to teen thief

A WARWICK man who was fingered as the driver of a stolen car by one of his co-offenders will spend the next month behind bars.

Grant Stephen Lloyd Higgins was last week sentenced to 12 months jail, to be suspended after he serves one month.

The 18-year-old was part of a group that was seen dumping the car outside a property on the Cunningham Hwy on November 26.

A juvenile co-offender identified Higgins as one of the drivers of the car, which was stolen from Rosenthal Heights.

Higgins pleaded guilty to three charges including unlicensed driving, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and break and enter.

The court heard he was on a good behaviour bond for previous offences at the time.

Solicitor Bonnie O'Brien told the Warwick Magistrates Court her client had limited history.

"There are three significant instances here," Magistrate Bevan Manthey said last Wednesday.

"It is not a limited history."

Spectators in the public gallery muttered their disapproval but that earned them the wrath of the magistrate. "Those at the back of the court can keep their mouths closed," Mr Manthey said.

"The community is sick to death of juveniles like him causing havoc.

"They will face actual time. It's a joke to me and to the community if he walks out that door."

Ms O'Brien asked for her client to be spared jail.

"He was the adult with three juveniles. The courts deal more strongly with the adults (in these situations)," Mr Manthey said.

"It's a small community and I want this message out that the community is sick of it and I am sick of it," he said.

"It's like flipping the bird at the court and at me."

Higgins was also disqualified from holding a driver's licence for three months.


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