Stolen-car joyride lands man in court



JARRED Michael McConnell was under the influence of methamphetamines when he stole his friend's father's car, a court heard yesterday.

McConnell, 21, yesterday pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to a string of offences, including unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Darrell Dalton said McConnell broke into a Yeppoon residence and stole car keys.

He took the 1994 SS Commodore for a joyride to the Yeppoon Swans football grounds and did burnouts on the oval.

During the joyride McConnell blew out two tyres.

Senior Constable Dalton said that when McConnell's mother found out what he had done she returned the keys to the victim.

He told Magistrate Bronwyn Springer McConnell should be given a prison sentence for the offence citing his criminal history.

"The defendant may be very young but he has a very unenviable criminal history,'' he said.

Defence counsel Paul Wonnocott appealed for leniency, saying his client was starting to get his life on track, gaining employment and giving up drugs.

Magistrate Springer opted not to send McConnell to prison and adjourned sentence to April 3 to decide how much restitution should be paid.



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