A TYREFITTER from Slade Point convicted of car theft, burglary and stealing cash from his workplace has been freed from prison on probation.
Jamie Aaron Nash, 24, was visibly relieved when Magistrate Damien Dwyer told him he’d be released immediately, considering 77 days spent in prison.
Nash faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday via videolink from jail to have his sentence finalised.
He’d pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a vehicle, entering premises and committing an offence, four counts of stealing and two counts of fraud.
Nash also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor, possessing drug pipes or utensils and failing to appear for court twice.
Mr Dwyer summed up the facts of the case.
He said Nash had taken a car from his work and failed to return it before it was found dumped with damage costing about $3500.
Nash also stole more than $2870 from the same workplace.
Other offences included stealing a woman’s phone when she tried to phone police during an argument, stealing a wallet and using a bank card, stealing sunglasses, failing to pay a hotel and failing to appear for court.
Defence solicitor Rosie Varley, of Morton Lawyers, previously described Nash as a relatively young man who wanted to overcome issues with the drug ice.
She said Nash, who was sacked for ripping off his former employer, was hoping to find a new job soon after his release and was prepared to repay his victims.
Mr Dwyer sentenced Nash to 77 days jail, which had been served, and 12 months probation.
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