Car thief sent to rehab facility

AFTER stealing and riding in an apparent log-jam of stolen cars, Coraki man Steven Cowan will stay put, well away from the four-wheeled temptations, as he continues his stint in a residential rehabilitation facility.

Cowan, 23, had his matter mentioned in Lismore Local Court last week with an update on his progress from defence lawyer John Hennessy.

His bail was continued for as long as he remains in the facility.

The matter was adjourned for a further six months to September 6, when an updated report will be put before magistrate Robyn Denes.

Cowan’s charges include taking and driving a Toyota Hilux at Grafton on September 22, 2008; being carried in a Toyota Corolla at South Lismore without its owner’s consent on October 15, 2008; taking and driving a Nissan sedan at Goonellabah on October 4, 2008; taking and driving a Toyota Corolla at Ballina on August 19, 2007.

Cowan was also charged with being carried in a stolen Toyota LandCruiser at Goonellabah on July 22, 2007.

Following his arrest in April last year Cowan was subsequently placed on a section 11 bond in each of the matters, and is to continue with the Balund-a program.

In police facts before the court it was his fingerprints left on the variety of stolen vehicles that proved to be Cowan’s undoing.

His fingerprints were identified on all the stolen vehicles including a stolen Hilux found abandoned in scrubland near Box Ridge. A blood stain found inside a Toyota LandCruiser stolen at Goonellabah was also positively identified as his.

Cowan also pleaded guilty to breaking into and stealing jewellery and other items from a house at Smiths Creek.

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