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Man guilty of 25 charges after for break-ins, car thefts

HANDED UP: Frankie Douglas Muir will be sentenced by the District Court.
HANDED UP: Frankie Douglas Muir will be sentenced by the District Court. Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

A MAN who committed 10 break and enter offences and stole two cars - one of which was burnt out - will be sentenced by the District Court.

Frankie Douglas Muir, 34, of Nanango, pleaded guilty in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on Friday to 25 charges of dishonesty, unlicensed driving and breaching bail between January and May.

He admitted to stealing USB sticks, mobile phones, an iPad, wallets, debit and credit cards, jewellery, Australian and foreign cash, car keys, laptops, a digital camera and a handbag in Brisbane, Kilkivan, Brooklands, Kingaroy and Nanango.

Muir used stolen credit cards to payWave purchase, he received tainted property and committed wilful damage.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Wayne Bushell said Muir spent 16 months in prison in 2013-2014 for dishonesty offences and it did not seem to be a deterrent to him.

"As soon as he came off the sentence he recommenced his offending nature," he said.

Defence solicitor Mark Werner said Muir fell into a spiral of mental health problems and drug use and was abusing OxyContin and Valium during his crime spree. "These aren't sophisticated crimes," he said.

"They've been crimes sometimes committed whilst intoxicated and just basically wandering into buildings and taking what was available."

Magistrate Simon Young said he was not satisfied he had enough authority to decide on Muir's sentence.

"The mitigating factors that Mr Werner has just outlined are relevant and significant but do not, in my view, give me sufficient comfort that I can adequately punish Mr Muir," he said.

"It may be, Mr Muir, that the District Court will impose a sentence of three years or less. However, it also seems to me to be equally arguable, notwithstanding that significant mitigation, that given the ongoing pattern of behaviour, repeated serious offending, that it is just as open to the District Court to impose a sentence in excess of three years.

"And even if that was to be three years and one day it should probably be a matter considered by the District Court."

South Burnett

Topics:  court, district court, kingaroy, magistrate, murgon, nanango, punishment, south burnett


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