I took what I was owed: painter
A MAN, employed by a friend to paint his house, pawned the home-owner’s possessions because he did not think he was being paid enough.
Ipswich Magistrate’s Court heard a man had organised for his friend Joshua Graham Nightingale to paint his home for $100 a day and had given him the key.
But after a month Nightingale, 27, had only received $600, and he was feeling disgruntled.
Prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said Nightingale stole some property from his friend’s house and then pawned it for $393.
“He admitted stealing the complainant’s property on four occasions,” Sgt Colston said.
“He took the items as payment for the paint services.”
Nightingale pleaded guilty to four charges of stealing, four charges of fraud and breaching bail.
He was given a $500 good behaviour bond for six months with convictions recorded.
Nightingale was ordered to pay $393 in restitution to the pawn shops and $500 to his victim, who had to pay for his insurance excess.
Defence lawyer Shay Duce said her client, who received Centrelink benefits, was out of pocket $1200 after doing the painting.
“He accepts the offences were foolish,” Ms Duce said.