Magistrate sends man to jail for stealing deodorant
A MAN seeking an adjournment at the Murgon Magistrates Court this week has wound up in jail until his next court appearance.
Daniel Tapau was being represented by defence lawyer Mark Oliver on two counts of stealing.
Police allege Tapau stole a Rexona can of deodorant from Murgon Target, and four cans of Rexona deodorant from Murgon IGA, on July 28.
Mr Oliver was seeking an adjournment for Tapau, to refer him to Murri Court.
"What normally happens is the matter is adjourned for two weeks,” Mr Oliver said.
"He then goes and sees the elders and the justice groups and they determine whether or not he's suitable for Murri Court.”
Mr Oliver told the magistrate that Tapau was using the cans to sniff deodorant.
"My client was willing to plead guilty today, but he was of the opinion he might gain certain benefits from the community of elders and Murri Court assisting him. Your honour, he can only gain assistance if he's granted bail today,” he said.
"If he was placed on reporting conditions and a curfew that may assist him.”
Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said the alleged stealing offences happened days after Tapau was released from custody.
Magistrate John Smith said Tapau was on parole for armed robbery in company and using personal violence at the time of the alleged stealing on July 28.
"The robbery was dealt with in the District Court, he served 84 days in pre-sentence custody, three years' imprisonment was imposed, and he was granted immediate parole release,” the magistrate said.
"I'm concerned he's come straight out of custody, he's on parole, and committing further offences,” magistrate Smith said.
"The court gave him the benefit of an immediate release after serving only 84 days, and he goes and blows it.
"Someone has to show him that this behaviour is totally unacceptable.”
Magistrate Smith denied Tapau bail and remanded him in custody.
"I find there is a highly unacceptable risk of you committing further offences whilst on parole,” he said.
"Bail is refused... and you are remanded to appear 9am September 4, 2018 for mention. You will be in custody and your personal appearance will be required via video link.”