A RELAXING holiday in Airlie Beach descended into insanity following a guy went out of enjoying breakfast together with his young family to pursuing his rental car down the drive when a thief swiped the motor vehicle.
A Cannonvale guy the leasing car, together with a swag of different possessions, by the household after he broke into his room in Club Wyndham in July.
Dan Allen Degney fronted Proserpine Magistrates Court today after pleading guilty to four offences, including two counts of break and enter and a single count of illegal use of an automobile.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe advised the courtroom Degney broke to the area by simply taking off some wooden louvres while the family was at breakfast.
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He even took a swag of things such as digital pills, an iPad, handbag, make-up purse and charge and bank cards in addition to the keys to the victim’s rental vehicle.
Sen-Constable Rowe reported the victim went back into his area and then proceeded to reception to report the theft but he watched Degney forcing the rental car coming from the hotel.
The guy hurried into the car to attempt to stop Degney but could not, Sen-Constable Rowe stated.
Because of your fingerprint left at the scene, a watch description as well as the Locate My Phone program, Degney was soon identified and discovered at a shopping center.
A lone officer caught up with Degney but if the officer known for backup, Degney set up a battle.
Sen-Constable Rowe stated Degney kicked off a police car and watch-house mobile walls when being detained, and blew snot onto mobile windows.
The court heard Degney’s criminal background was littered with comparable offences.
“He chooses the land of others with no thought of the ramifications on his victims and in such a case he took land of kids,” Sen-Constable Rowe stated.
Lawyer Peta Vernon looked for Degney, explaining he needed a troubling upbringing having a mom who had been a heroin addict and dad who had gang connections.
The court heard the 37-year old was currently in a connection and believed himself a stepfather to two young kids.
“His earnest behavior is derived from alcohol misuse and he turns to alcohol as means of discharge,” Ms Vernon explained.
“His behavior upon arrest was dreadful but after he sobered up and settled he had been compliant and entered pleas of guilty at the first possible opportunity.”
During mediation, Magistrate James Morton conducted through Degney’s criminal background, which included convictions for fraud, corruption and break and enter.
“It seems quite obvious to the court that the judges have given every message, every chance and every step along the sentencing procedure to go on the straight and slim and become a juvenile citizen,” Mr Morton said.
“However, it appears you haven’t taken those opportunities given to you.
“All these were unsophisticated offenses but they were calculated and planned so that you could profit from unsuspecting victims.”
Taking into consideration Degney had spent two weeks at pre-sentence prosecution, he had been sentenced to a total of 2 years’ prison and he’ll be eligible for parole on September 19.
He was also disqualified from driving for six months.
Regardless of the prosecution seeking restitution of $933 and Degney telling the court he desired an chance to pay back it, Mr Morton didn’t order the restitution because he wasn’t convinced Degney could cough up the cash.