Crime is all I know: Teen thief confesses
"I CAN'T see a life without crime.''
These were the words of troubled teenager Michael Fulton who at just 18, has already resigned himself to a life on the wrong side of the law.
Fulton made the sad prediction while responding to a story in yesterday's Morning Bulletin in which his Gracemere mother Mary Meadowcroftpleaded with authorities to lock her son up and throw away the key.
He had appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday on a string of charges, including robbing from his mother and friends, but was given 18 months probation.
While Fulton described the probation as the "second chance'' he needed, he was unsure if he could live without crime.
"It (crime) is all I know.
"I don't know what a job is like. I've never had one. I do break and enters to get money,'' he said.
"I was stealing cars at the age of 13. I've been in and out of jail (juvenile detention).''
Fulton said the only thing that was keeping him on the straight and narrow at the moment was his girlfriend.
"I've got a girlfriend out there. I don't want to split up with her. That's why I don't want to break it (probation).''
Fulton said in response to his mother's claims that she feared her son, he said he would never bother her again.
Fulton said he was "disgusted'' his own mother wanted to see him in jail.
"It will disgust me for the rest of my life. I don't want nothing to do with her. She's disowned.''
Fulton said he feared he would not be able to get work in Rockhampton now that people knew of his criminal past and he planned to move elsewhere within weeks.
He said in the meantime, he's living on the street and his one dream in life has been dashed.
"I'd like to join the army but they won't take me because of my criminal record. I did army cadets when I was 16 and 17 and I loved it. That's all I wanted to do in life.