Teen admits to taking property

AN IPSWICH teenager has been warned he will go to jail if he refuses to stop offending.

The 17-year-old faced Ipswich Magistrates Court after he was caught entering unlocked cars to steal property.

The court heard the teen had committed 15 offences since October last year and was in danger of being jailed if he continued his criminal behaviour.

Prosecutor Sergeant Kerry Allison said Noal Peter John Montemayor-Mabb entered two cars at Woodend late at night on December 20 and took items including sunglasses and a radio.

Montemayor-Mabb pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing tainted property, two of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle and two of breaching bail conditions.

He was offered 12 months probation and sentenced to 10 days jail, but 10 days already spent in custody were taken into account and he was released immediately.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist told Montemayor-Mabb he would go to jail if he did not change his ways.

“It's up to you whether or not you want to go to jail,” Mr Stjernqvist said.

Defence lawyer Amanda Robinson said her client was intellectually challenged, with an IQ of 67.

“He doesn't have the capacity to understand the consequences of his actions,” Ms Robinson said.

Ms Robinson said Montemayor-Mabb was distressed at the thought of serving time in an adult jail and his previous convictions were only for minor offences such as wilful damage.



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