A Facebook picture of Shane Michael Terry.
A Facebook picture of Shane Michael Terry.

'Do you want to go to jail?': Board game thief rolls dice

STEALING a board game from Target and shoving it down his pants wasn't the reason a Maroochydore magistrate wanted to tell Shane Michael Terry to go straight to jail.

It was Terry's decision to repeatedly drive when his licence was disqualified that had Magistrate Rod Madsen fuming.

Terry appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday with his partner in crime, Troy Gabriel.

Both pleaded guilty to stealing from Target at Sunshine Plaza on November 24.

The police prosecutor detailed how police observed the duo having a conversation about stealing the board game and then "placing the board game down the trousers" before they were picked up by police.

Their excuse was they were bored and had "nothing to do at home".

Gabriel, 18, was let off lightly with a $200 good behaviour bond and no conviction recorded, but Terry received a verbal lashing.

The 23-year-old had the additional charge of driving while disqualified.

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Magistrate Madsen detailed Terry's dismal driving history which saw him caught several times behind the wheel after his licence had been taken from him.

Terry, who was disqualified in June, was picked up twice after that on July 25 and July 29 for "speeding while disqualified".

"Are you a complete idiot ignoring a disqualified driving order," Magistrate Madsen asked.

"If you want to go to jail, just keep doing what you are doing.

"The disqualification is put in place to protect the public from you being a risk on the road.

"A South Australia judge was of the opinion people who drive when disqualified should go to jail with a maximum penalty of 18 months.

"This kind of offending is very serious. You have defied a court order."

He then looked at Terry and asked him directly "do you want to go to jail?"

"No," was Terry's response.

"Then stop driving," Magistrate Madsen said before fining him $1500 and disqualifying his licence for two years.

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