Fuel theft, car chase added to list of Gympie charges

A BRISBANE man, sentenced to almost 30 months in jail after he was caught in Gympie and charged with almost 40 offences, returned to Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday to face another six charges.

Brett Stevens Athorn, 39, who spent a birthday in custody after he was sentenced for 37 charges in early May, pleaded guilty to the remaining six offences.

The six offences included possessing methylamphetamine, stealing more than $350 of fuel from three different fuel stations and two counts of failing to stop a vehicle for police - once at Plainland on December 6, 2012 and once at Palm Beach on January 23, 2013.

The court heard one count of failing to stop for police was the result of a 30km police chase.

Athorn said he squeezed between two semi-trailers as he sped away from police during one chase.

Athorn told the court he was stealing fuel while on the run from police.

He was sentenced to two months in jail, suspended for six months for each charge of failing to stop for police.

Because Athorn had already been sentenced to similar offences earlier in the year, he was convicted and not further punished for the drug possession and fuel thefts, however was ordered to pay $374.50 restitution for the petrol.

It adds to Athorn's already standing restitution bill of nearly $6000.

Gympie Times

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