Wheelchair thief demands his loot

AFTER stealing a wheelchair from Gatton Hospital and a magistrate ordering him to pay for the damage, a Gatton teen returned to the scene of the crime to claim what he thought was rightfully his.

Benjamin Hamilton Jackson, 17, appeared in Gatton Magistrates Court last week charged with the theft and damage of the wheelchair.

Jackson pleaded guilty, was fined $2000 and ordered to pay $1490 restitution for the damaged wheelchair with no conviction recorded.

But hospital staff were later shocked when the teen returned to the hospital to request the old wheelchair, West Moreton Health Service District Acting Director of Nursing Carrie Bourke said.

“The Queensland Police Service were called and promptly removed the man,” Ms Bourke said.

“I would like to thank the Queensland Police Service for their prompt action and assistance on this matter.”

Ms Bourke confirmed two wheelchairs belonging to the Gatton Hospital were unlawfully removed by two males, with the outcome for the alleged second offender not known.

Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with info on crime.


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