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Parents report son for stealing

When his parents discovered that the boy had a laptop he didn't own they contacted the police.
When his parents discovered that the boy had a laptop he didn't own they contacted the police. Sunshine Coast Daily

BRADYN James Wilkinson might have got away with stealing a laptop if his parents hadn't dobbed him in.

The 17-year-old faced the Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week and pleaded guilty to charges of entering premises, public nuisance and failing to appear in court.

On the night of December 1, 2010, Wilkinson and a group of friends discovered an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway in Gracemere.

They looked through the vehicle before making off with a laptop and a wallet.

When his parents discovered that the boy had a laptop he didn't own they contacted the police.

Later the same month Wilkinson came to police attention again for all the wrong reasons.

On December 30 police officers were told by a motorist about a group of people throwing bottles at cars on Archer Street in Rockhampton.

A cab driver also complained of a young boy jumping in front of his car in the same area.

When police arrived on the street Wilkinson was yelling at a female and quickly became hostile towards police.

He repeatedly told police to “f... off” and continued shouting and swearing at them as they attempted to arrest him.

As he fought against their attempts at arrest him, police were forced to bring him to the ground and handcuff him.

He continued to struggle as they put him in the police vehicle and took him to the Rockhampton watchhouse.

He later failed to appear in court and was taken into custody again.

Duty lawyer Brian McGowran said Wilkinson had been fairly honest about his stealing the laptop from the car, being fully aware that possession of tainted property would be a lesser charge than entering premises.

Mr McGowran said Wilkinson had moved out of home since the incident and had been working for a number of weeks mowing lawns.

He said despite the fact that there had been some animosity between Wilkinson and his parents over their decision to call the police, his mother was in court to support him.

Mr McGowran said Wilkinson's parents had made it clear to him that his behaviour would not be tolerated.

In sentencing Wilkinson, acting magistrate Alan Taylor commended his parents for their decision saying it had probably saved their son a hefty bill.

He warned Wilkinson that had he hocked the laptop he would have wound up with a substantial restitution bill, possibly around $2000, to replace it.

“It's fortunate for you that your parents have done the right thing,” Mr Taylor said.

He sentenced Wilkinson to 12 months probation and ordered he pay $40 restitution for the stolen wallet, but didn't record a conviction against him.

Mr Taylor warned Wilkinson that if he breached the probation he would most probably end up with a recorded conviction.

“You need to consider when you're out and about and feeling a bit rebellious, for whatever reason, whether or not you want to colour your whole future.”


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