'Crime wave' teen faces court
AN IPSWICH teen went on a 20-month "mini crime wave" stealing cars, driving disqualified, robbing service stations and bag snatching.
Jordan Michael Mladenovic, now 18, was the driver when his co-accused snatched a bag from a woman at Sunnybank shopping centre.
He was also the driver during fuel drive-offs across Brisbane and robberies where his co-accused assaulted service station attendants.
Crown prosecutor Mathew Thompson told Brisbane District Court more than $80 worth of cigarettes and $213 from a till were stolen in one of the robberies.
He said Mladenovic, who grew up in Inala but plans to live with his mother in Raceview when he gets out of jail, also stole cars from the Grand Plaza Shopping Centre at Browns Plains.
"Since he was 17 he was either out committing offences consistently or in custody," he said.
Judge Marshall Irwin noted Mladenovic "seldom committed offences alone", always in company acting as a lookout or as the getaway driver.
Defence barrister Kim Bryson said the suggested five years jail would be manifestly excessive for someone of her client's age.
She asked for a sentence that would allow him to be released into the community immediately after the time he had already served in custody.
Ms Bryson said her client fell in the middle of his seven siblings and had an "unsettled" childhood with his father, and elder siblings, in and out of custody.
She said Mladenovic was struggling with the fact he was now in the same unit at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre where his brother died in custody in 2010.
Ms Bryson said her client hoped to rejoin the West Ipswich Rugby League Club when he was released.
Judge Irwin said the criminal history made the pre-sentence custody complex and he would need time to consider the matter further. The sentence was adjourned until a date to be fixed.