Local member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg.
Local member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg. Jenna Cairney

Call to get tough on 'young thugs'

THE Warwick community has shown their dismay at the latest attack on a series of local businesses and are calling for more effective methods of punishment.

Local member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg, as well as local business owner David Kemp, says the enforcement of penalties needs to be applied.

"I think there needs to be a greater consequence of actions," he said.

"I do think there is a growing number of young thugs, particularly young hoons that seem to be getting little more than a rap over the knuckles and think they can get away with it.

"It's almost like a badge of honour (to go through the court system)."

Warwick Acting Senior Sergeant Gary Beling said more CCTV cameras would be welcomed to help control delinquents.

"From our point the more the better," he said.

"But it's got to be in consultation with council and the community."

One offender has had his disregard for the law catch up with him and will ponder his actions from a cell over the next few months.

Warwick man Darren Robert Nean, 22, was yesterday slapped with a 12 month jail sentence for his involvement in a break in at the Cowboys Clubhouse and a church at Slade Campus.

His 17-year-old co-offender Tyson Jason Dennison also appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday where he narrowly avoided jail and was sentenced to a suspended jail term.

The court heard Nean forced his way into the Cowboys Rugby League Clubhouse sometime between Christmas Eve and December 27 of last year.

Once inside the building, Nean forced open a roller door to the bar area and stole more than $700 worth of alcohol, including cartons of pre-mixed spirit cans and bottles of rum.

Nean woke a sleeping Dennison from his bed and recruited him to help transport the alcohol from the clubhouse in a shopping trolley.

In a similar incident sometime between December 24 and 26, Nean used a rock to smash a window at the New Hope Church at Slade Campus.

He then stole a quantity of food, drinks and electrical items from the church and unplugged a fridge, causing a mess from spoiled food.

Nean was sentenced to 12 months jail, with a parole eligibility date set for May 17, 2012.

Dennison - who the magistrate noted had a "terrible" criminal history - was sentenced to three months jail, wholly suspended for 12 months and fined $250.


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