Man breaks into business looking for warm place to sleep
A 20-YEAR-OLD who broke into a Mary Street business in early January said he was looking for "somewhere warm to sleep" after being released from the Gympie watchhouse at midnight.
Jordan Luke Richardson was taken to the watchhouse for a public nuisance offence, after a drunken fight broke out during a camping trip at Double Island Point to celebrate the new year.
Richardson was released with an infringement from the watchhouse at midnight with a flat phone, wearing only boardshorts and without his wallet, which was back at the campsite.
He made his way down to Mary Street, and tore a hole in a fly screen to unlock a door to Gympie Regional Realty.
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Richardson, who is from Brisbane, said he did not remember damaging the door and had no memory of the night, but that he must have been trying to find a "warm place to sleep" while he waited for a friend from Brisbane to pick him up.
A staff member from Gympie Regional Realty later came across the damage while cleaning on the weekend, and on Monday, January 6 police conducted forensic testing at the property.
They found two fingerprints on the door, one which was a match for Richardson, and he was arrested at his house.
He originally denied the offence and said he had no reason to go to or be in Gympie.
Richardson was charged that between January 3 and January 6 he unlawfully entered a business and wilfully and unlawfully damaged property.
He pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court this week, and said he had learned a lot from his actions.
The court also heard Richardson was taking medication for bipolar disorder and anxiety at the time and knew he should not have been drinking alcohol with them, and has since changed his medication.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan sentenced Richardson to a $600 good behaviour bond of nine months, and no convictions were recorded.
Mr Callaghan suggested Richardson pay compensation to the business owners if they asked him.
"In fact you might even contact them and offer it," Mr Callaghan said.