Man breaks into soccer club

A MAN who broke into an Ipswich soccer club to steal alcohol has been given probation.

Timothy Wayne Page, 20, and a teenager smashed a glass window to the Ipswich Knights Soccer Club in the early hours of December 2 and stole alcohol and a donation tin.

The pair ran away but a security guard found them hiding in long grass a short distance away.

Page told police he “knew it was wrong” to break into the club.

He pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to entering a premises by break and committing an indictable offence.

Page, who appeared in court wearing a black t-shirt, black jeans and sneakers, was placed on 12 months probation.

No conviction was recorded.

He was ordered to pay $150 – half of the quote – to fix the window.

The juvenile offender cannot be identified and was dealt with in Ipswich Children's Court on a different date.

Defence lawyer Michael Kelly said his client and the co-offender had not planned to break into the club that night.

“He and this other fellow were just walking past,” Mr Kelly said.

“Coke and a bottle of wine and some other things were stolen but these items were recovered.”

Mr Kelly said Page had since moved to Tara to live with his sister who was an SES volunteer and she was a good influence on him.

“He has been helping her since Christmas Day,” he said.

“His sister seems to be a contributing member of the community.”

Mr Kelly said his client's behaviour was “childish” and he would benefit from the supervision of a probation order.

“It seems quite bizarre that he is hanging around with a juvenile offender at his age,” he said.

“Really now, at 20 years of age he should really be able to overcome this.”

Mr Kelly said Page had a previous conviction for entering a premises a few years ago when he was homeless and “opportunistically” decided to break into his accountant father's business.

Magistrate Michael Quinn told Page his dishonest behaviour would be quite concerning to the Ipswich community but it was good to see he had taken steps to rehabilitation.

Mr Quinn said he was offering Page the benefit of probation to help him avoid re-offending.

“Be in no doubt Mr Page... this is your last chance.”

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