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Cheating girlfriend sparks criminal streak in Coast man

AFTER a rampage of stealing, fraud and fuel drive-offs spurred on by the infidelity of his girlfriend, a Coast man will spend the next nine months behind bars.

Samuel Francis Watkins appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today via video link from prison where he is serving time for other stealing offences.

Watkins pleaded guilty to a slew of charges including 19 counts of fraud, four counts of enter premises to commit an indictable offence, six counts of receiving tainted property and a single count of possessing dangerous drugs - all committed between January and April this year while he was on parole.

Several of his crimes were recounted to the court by police prosecutor Rebecca Lambert including an instance in April when he stole two items with a combined value of $398 from Autobarn Noosa.

That same month, Watkins forced his way into a Twin Waters store and stole wallets and handbags and in January, he was found with .1g of a crystal substance he claimed wasn't his.

Ms Lambert said Watkins had shown little co-operation with police and had only indicated he would plead guilty yesterday, five months after the last offence.

Watkins' lawyer told the court the father-of-two's offending had been triggered after his girlfriend and mother of this children cheated on him, prior to which he only had two convictions on his record.

The property was intended to be exchanged for cash to fuel his drug habit.

Magistrate Ron Madsen, who described some of the offending as "brazen", sentenced Watkins to prison sentences ranging between six months and three years for his laundry list of crimes with a driving disqualification of six months for the fuel drive-offs.

All prison terms are concurrent with a parole date of June 26, 2018.

He was convicted and not further punished for single counts of obstructing police and possessing dangerous drugs.

Topics:  crime drugs maroochydore magistrates court prison stealing theft


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