IN COURT: Bailey John Keep pleaded guilty to unlawful possession on a vehicle and fair evasion at the Chinchilla Magistrates Court. Pic: Supplied
IN COURT: Bailey John Keep pleaded guilty to unlawful possession on a vehicle and fair evasion at the Chinchilla Magistrates Court. Pic: Supplied

No keys, ignition, dad pays $50 for stolen Commodore

The Chinchilla Magistrate Court heard a young Western Downs father thought it would be a bright idea to buy a stolen 2005 Commodore for $50 while on a suspended prison sentence.

During January 2021, other than purchasing a car that had no key and a damaged ignition, the court heard Bailey John Keep was also caught on a train travelling west bound without a ticket or go card.

At the Chinchilla Courthouse on Thursday, April 8, the father-of-three pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a vehicle and fare evasion.

Magistrate Tracy Mossop told the 21-year-old he should have known better considering he was currently serving a suspended sentence and had a history of unlawful use charges.

"You can't afford to involve yourself in any illegal activity involving motor vehicles - you have those three months of jail hanging over your head for 19 months," she said

"You breached your suspended sentence in November last year and you breached it in January this year."

Magistrate Mossop said she was satisfied to issue a fine for the low-end breaches, considering Keep's age, the facts of the offending, and the nature of the offences.

Keep was fined $1000 for all offences.

For breaching his suspended sentence, Keep was ordered to serve his suspended sentence of three months - although Keep's parole date was set imminently.

"If you stuff up in the three months (while on parole) you will be going straight to jail," Magistrate Mossop warmed Keep.

A conviction was recorded.



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