Kingaroy magistrate: 'Last chance before you're deported'
A MAN who stole thousands of dollars worth of tools and bike equipment has narrowly avoided being deported.
On March 30, Dailin Warren Liedemann broke into a shed at Jason Scott's Kingaroy property in the middle of the night.
He used a tool to force the shed door open and stole a $6000 custom mountain bike, push bike tools, a Milwaukee tool bag that had various tools and bike parts in it, a heavy duty battery pack, spare tyre tubes, bike lights, a CamelBak, a TomTom watch, bike pumps, bike rims, a remote control car and an mp3 player.
At 3pm the next afternoon, Liedemann showed up at Jason Eggleton's front door and told him he'd been inside Mr Eggleton's house.
Mr Eggleton said a laptop bag was missing, and a Milwaukee tool bag was left beside his house.
On April 1 police went to Liedemann's home and just minutes before their arrival, other people had gone to the house and taken the bike and returned it to Mr Scott.
Police prosecutor Pepe Gangemi said the bike had a flat back tyre and rust on it from being left in the rain.
"The only thing returned to Mr Scott was the Milwaukee tool bag with the tools and battery pack, and the bike."
Sgt Gangemi told the court that if a prison sentence was imposed on Liedemann, he faced the possibility of being deported back to New Zealand by Border Force.
Defence lawyer Chris Campbell said his client's offending was a result of his methamphetamine use.
"He's been using that drug for two years, since he separated from his wife of 11 years," he said.
"He was grieving the loss of that relationship and the separation from his now four-year-old daughter.
"He was introduced to meth, started smoking it, and from there it took over his life."
Mr Campbell said Liedemann was now living with his parents.
"He's re-established a close relationship with his parents, who are here in court with him.
"A jail sentence of 12 months or more does result in deportation, but there is nothing for him in New Zealand," he said.
"His family is here, his young daughter is here."
Magistrate Louisa Pink interrupted the defence lawyer's submissions.
"I hope he's listening to you, Mr Campbell."
Magistrate Pink said the 31-year-old had a page and a half of criminal history.
"Your offending is escalating and increasing in seriousness," she said.
"You broke into someone's home and stole a large amount of property. That person has suffered a loss as a consequence of what you've done."
Magistrate Pink told Liedemann he ran the risk of being deported if he continued to break the law.
"That is something that you need to think about right now.
"Because, it's no good coming back to court and saying, 'Oh you can't impose a period of imprisonment because I might be deported'," she said.
"If you don't want to be deported to New Zealand while your parents are here, your child is here, then you have got to abstain from offending.
"And the key to that is don't use drugs.
You're at a crossroad and you can make the choice about which way you want to go," she said.
"One may result in you being deported from the country. Or you could build a constructive life for yourself here."
Liedemann pleaded guilty to four charges including entering a dwelling by break and committing an indictable offence, entering a dwelling and committing an indictable offence, breaching bail, and for possessing a glass pipe and electric scales used in connection with smoking a dangerous drug.
He received 15 months' probation.
The convictions were recorded.
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