Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Small Town Protection; Jail after One-Man Crime Wave

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Small Town Protection; Jail after One-Man Crime Wave

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Arthur Gorrie

Senior journalist

arthur.gorrie@gympietimes.com

A MAN who menaced his family and ran amok during "a protracted crime spree" at the Cooloola Coast this year was probably beyond redemption, Gympie Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Magistrate Andrew Sinclair told Daniel Christopher Heit his extensive criminal record in four states showed there was "very little hope of any rehabilitation" and that jail offered "very little personal deterrent."

But he said jail could achieve some protection of the community from "people coming into their towns and running amok."

Heit, 37, pleaded guilty by video link to six charges, starting with menacing his family in a public nuisance offence at Inskip Point on April 19.

From there it became more serious, with Heit also convicted of attempted fraud (with a stolen bank account card at the Rainbow Beach IGA supermarket), two house burglaries (including stealing from one Manooka Drive home while the residents were there) and breaking into the Frying Fish Cafe and stealing about $600 from a charity jar, all between April 20 and 23. …

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