Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Teen in Court over 'Spur of the Moment' Offences

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Teen in Court over 'Spur of the Moment' Offences

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Byline: Melanie Maeseele

A TEENAGER who appeared in court for the first time made a grand entry into the criminal system when he pleaded guilty to six charges.

Robert Raymond Hayward, 18, of Sommerholm, pleaded guilty this month to charges including wilful damage and driving an unregistered and uninsured car without a licence.

Gatton Magistrates Court was told Hayward unlawfully entered a service station at Hatton Vale on the Warrego Highway on December 31 after the car he was driving broke down outside a service station.

Prosecutor Constable Karen Dearling said Hayward damaged the car extensively by throwing rocks through the windows.

The car was left in the middle of the highway near a bend, with drivers travelling through the 80kmh stretch unable to see the vehicle from a distance.

The court was told he went to his ex-girlfriend's house and damaged her mailbox and went to Laidley State High School with the intention of doing burnouts on the school oval but damaged padlocked gates at the school instead. …

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