Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Ice Junkie's Credit Card Bender Tap-and-Go Jail for Card Fraud; Tap-and-Go Thief Strikes Gympie Shops 20 Times with Stolen Identity

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Ice Junkie's Credit Card Bender Tap-and-Go Jail for Card Fraud; Tap-and-Go Thief Strikes Gympie Shops 20 Times with Stolen Identity

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Byline: Arthur Gorrie

AN INTENSIVE ice-fuelled six months of crime cost thousands, threatened everyone's consumer rights and led a man to jail in Gympie yesterday.

It climaxed a 20-year statewide criminal career which left the man at a crossroads.

"More crime and more time in jail" was the future for Gympie man Luke Edward Deakin, if he did not get leave his ice habit behind, Gympie magistrate Chris Callaghan said yesterday.

Deakin, 37, pleaded guilty to a long list of charges committed between February and July this year, many while he was on bail for other offences.

The 20 fraud offences on that list were mostly tap and go crimes involving use of stolen bank account cards to buy goods totalling more than $6000.

Other offences included five of breaching bail, two of unlawful entry to commit offences and obstructing police by giving investigating officers a false name.

The offences had only stopped when Deakin went to jail, after having finally been denied further bail.

"You just continue to offend," Mr Callaghan told Deakin, who appeared from jail by video link.

"The most significant offence was burglary of a man's home, taking his car and receiving the stolen credit cards of a 76-year-old man," Mr Callaghan said.

The tap-and-go offences had to be deterred because they were easy to commit and a threat to everyone's consumer rights, he said.

If left unchecked they could see the end of tap-and-go convenience in shopping queues and would damage business confidence.

"We the public reply upon the convenience of using cards in that way, but if people like you continue to misuse cards in that way, the banks will say, 'Well, we're not going to risk this any more'.

"That becomes a terrible inconvenience to the rest of law-abiding citizens.

"It's an easy offence to commit and it has to be deterred.

"In the main your offending was aggravated in that a lot of it was committed while you were on bail. …

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