'Harsh' jail term appeal thrown out

STUPIDITY in leaving stolen chequebooks and bank bags behind in a Casino motel room led to the swift arrest of Brodie Adams after a raid and theft of equipment from a Kyogle business.

Adams, 21, from Blacksoil near Ipswich in Queensland, last week unsuccessfully appealed a jail sentence for his crime before Lismore District Court Judge James Black on the grounds it was too harsh.

Adams had been convicted and jailed for 12 months and ordered to serve a non-parole period of eight months by a local court magistrate after pleading guilty to break, enter and stealing from Kyogle Tractor Parts and Equipment on July 13.

After hearing evidence Judge Black confirmed the lower court penalties and ordered that Adams pay Kyogle businessman Stuart Hauser $7895 in compensation.

Adams had also been found guilty of making false statements - writing blank cheques stolen from the business to himself and to a mate in amounts of $20,000 and two of $3500. He stole four chainsaws, brush-cutters, hydraulic guns, a digital camera, chequebooks and cash, but when police arrested him he had already sold them to buy drugs.

Police facts state camouflage face paint and tools used for house-breaking, including boltcutters, were found in a bag held by his mate at the time of their Casino arrest.

In his severity appeal Adams detailed his troubled background, stating his downward spiral began as a teenager when he found out who his father was after his mother gave him newspaper clippings detailing how his father killed his wife, daughter and then himself.



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