Man's offending a 'mixed bag of lollies': Magistrate
IT WAS a "mixed bag" of offending lollies when a 33-year-old man broke the law 36 times in less than a year.
He drove off from multiple petrol stations without paying for fuel, stole and pawned a phone, was caught with drugs, refused to give his fingerprints, ran from police and was in possession of multiple stolen items throughout this year.
Mathew James Lambourne's most serious offence had him walk into a resort lobby on the Gold Coast and remove two massive canvas prints from the wall and walk out with them under his arm.
He pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday to 10 stealing and fraud charges, three counts of possessing tainted property and multiple other traffic, property and drug offences.
Lambourne was also caught driving while a relevant drug was present in his blood or saliva at Bundamba on March 2.
The court heard the string of "unsophisticated" offending was committed while Lambourne was using methamphetamine and cannabis to deal with personal issues.
"It's like a big pussy (pustulant) sore, if you keep using drugs it will never go away until you go through the process to deal with it," Magistrate Deborah Vasta said.
Lambourne was sentenced to a 12-month intensive corrections order and disqualified from driving for seven months.