VERDICT: Cooper was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to complete 100 hours community service.
VERDICT: Cooper was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to complete 100 hours community service. Hayden Smith

Judge gives young man second chance

A STANTHORPE man has been sentenced to probation and community service for a number of serious driving and property damage offences.

Scott Cooper, 20, today pleaded guilty in the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court to one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, driving without a licence, wilful damage and a breach of bail.

He was also forced to pay $100 restitution for damage to police property and had his driver's licence suspended for six months.

Defence lawyers said their client had little to no memory of the events that took place on the night in question, as Mr Cooper was under the influence of prescription medication.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey took in to consideration the man's early guilty plea and said he was lucky to avoid prison.

"You're only a young fellow and you deserve to be given a second chance," Mr Manthey said.

"You would be easy meat in a men's prison.

"I love probation because the responsibility falls back on you and you need to make better choices about who you associate with.

"If this bad crew you've been associating with comes to the front door tell them to piss off, I'm in enough trouble already.'"

Cooper was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to complete 100 hours community service.

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