Luke James Algie.
Luke James Algie.

Man dresses in women's clothing and hides from police

LUKE James Algie was dressed in women's clothing when he jumped into some bushes to hide.

He was running from police.

The 29-year-old had just forced his way out of a van he had unlawfully entered, damaging the vehicle.

The van's owner had tried to trap him inside the van on Malcomson St until the officers arrived, prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells said.

Algie was wearing women's basketball clothes that he'd stolen. He ran onto Hocken St and hid, with the van's owner in hot pursuit.

When the man was close, Algie popped out of the bushes and asked him for a lift because the police were after him.

The man informed Algie it was his van he'd been inside.

"Oh s*** that was you," Algie said before running off.

Algie pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrates Court to wilful damage, stealing and unlawful entry on May 18.

Defence solicitor Chris Schrader said Algie was on his way to his brother's wedding. He was on drugs and hallucinating about his girlfriend's death when he entered the van. She died by suicide on August 28 last year.

Her body was found by police in a room barricaded on the inside.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said he needed to protect the community from Algie's behaviour. He had previously breached probation three times and continued to commit dishonesty and street offences.

"I don't know if there's anything the courts can do to give you further assistance," Mr Dwyer said.

He was sentenced to a maximum of five months imprisonment with immediate parole.

Algie was also fined $1800 for obstructing Australian Federal Police officers and being a public nuisance at the Brisbane Airport on April 8. He was catching a plane to Mackay, but reacted badly when he was refused entry because he was too drunk.

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