Adam John Hughes escapes serving more time

A HERVEY Bay man who was jailed for 47 fraud offences has escaped serving a longer stint behind bars even though it was revealed he committed the crimes while on a suspended sentence for another matter.

Adam John Hughes, 29, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars in February this year for a host of fraud, forgery, stealing and motor vehicle offences he committed across south-east Queensland.

The court heard Hughes masqueraded as a businessman to fleece various companies out of $28,000 between November, 2013 and November, 2014.

However, Hughes was back before the Brisbane District Court on Friday after he was charged with breaching the 2012 suspended sentence by committing the crimes he was jailed for earlier this year.

Crown prosecutor Emily Phillips told the court it was obvious Hughes had not taken heed of the warning and the sentencing discretion afforded him.

She said the suspended sentence needed to be activated requiring Hughes to serve out the 2012 sentence in conjunction with the sentence handed down earlier this year.

"He was given the benefit of the doubt initially when he was handed a 12-month wholly-suspended sentence for an operational period of three years," she said.

"It is clear that he did not heed the court's warning and 15 months into the suspended sentence was up to his old tricks again."

Defence barrister Alastair McDougall said the initial offence in 2012 was relatively minor and involved $2000 which was immediately paid back.

He tendered letters on Hughes's behalf from his mother, partner and brother who were also in court lending their support.

Judge Anthony Rafter found that Hughes had breached his suspended sentence. He recorded a conviction, but decided not to adjust the June 19 parole release date set earlier this year.

Hughes will be released on parole in less than a month. - APN NEWSDESK.



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