Man steals goods out of habit

NICHOLAS James Stevens used to steal out of necessity but recently returned to his bad habits because he “couldn’t help himself”.

The 20-year-old Mount Morgan man racked up an extensive history of stealing offences between 2000 and 2008 when he was homeless and between the ages of nine and 17.

Stevens has settled down a lot since finding somewhere to live.

That was until April 7 when he walked into Coles at Stocklands Rockhampton with some friends and a stroller and started packing DVDs. He then moved onto the meat aisle, grabbing some pork chops to add to his stash. And then left without paying.

When picked up by police he admitted to taking the items, which totalled $146.19, and said he didn’t have the money to pay for them.

His actions landed him in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing.

Defence solicitor Shayne Studdert said Stevens had said he didn’t know what was wrong with him and that he just couldn’t help himself.

Mr Studdert said Stevens was trying to move his life forward, and the incident had caused problems between him and his partner. Mr Studdert said Stevens realised the effect his behaviour could have on his young daughter and planned to clean up his act.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy sentenced Stevens to nine months probation, saying that she wanted him to use the probation to help address whatever problems he had.

She also ordered he pay $19.19 restitution for the meat he had stolen.



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