Handbag snatched on train

A BRAZEN thief snatched a handbag from a woman while she was seated on a train before he fled the carriage.

The crime was recorded on CCTV footage, which led police to identify the thief as Matthew Scott Wilson.

When officers arrived at the 29-year-old's home, they found him in possession of a counterfeit $50 note and about 10g of cannabis.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, Wilson pleaded guilty to a string of charges including drug possession and stealing.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Chris O'Neill said the theft on the train had taken place 9 April, 2014.

He said Wilson pulled the handbag off the victim's shoulder after a brief struggle with her.

In his defence, Wilson told the court he was drunk and in "a bad situation" when he stole the handbag.

He said he the crime was out of character for him and that he was remorseful for his actions.

Wilson was placed on a two-month intensive correction order, which Magistrate Deborah Vasta explained was "a term of imprisonment served in the community".

As conditions of the order Wilson must report to a corrective services officer twice a week and take part in counselling.

He was also put on a two-month $300 good behaviour bond.


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