Stealing two drinks worth $9.50 costs man dearly

SHOP-lifting two drinks at a cost of $9.50 has ultimately left a Toowoomba man on two years probation and without his driver's licence for the same amount of time.

Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard Timothy Andrew Cochrane had driven his white utility into the Woolworths Clifford Gardens service station on June 20.

After selecting two bottles of drink from the fridge, the 28-year-old left without paying.

A staff member followed him out of the store but he had driven off, the court heard.

Police contacted about the incident checked the service station's CCTV camera footage which led to the identification of the defendant, police prosecutor Alistair Windsor told the court.

Two weeks later, police on patrol found Cochrane sleeping in his ute near Newtown Park.

Checks of his driver's licence found he had been disqualified from driving for six months by the Mt Isa Magistrates Court in early June, Sgt Windsor said.

Cochrane pleaded guilty to both counts of disqualified driving and to the shop-lifting matter.

His solicitor Claire Graham said her client had been homeless at the time of the offences but had since reconciled with his family and was now in stable accommodation.

Her client had since completed a 59-day rehabilitation course and was clean of alcohol and drugs, she said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll commended Cochrane on going through rehabilitation and getting his life back on track and placed him on two years probation, disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for two years and ordered he pay $9.50 restitution for the two bottles of drink.

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