School trashed by teen and drunken mates

SMASHED bottles and a trashed classroom were left in the wake of an Imbil teen's drunken night at Mary Valley College.

It was so hot on the spring night of November 23, 2014, that Joel Maxwell Livingston and some of his mates decided to break into the Imbil school's locked swimming pool area to cool off.

The evidence of their good time was left behind for the school to deal with, after Livingston, 18, and others smashed bottles of alcohol near the pool, Gympie Magistrates Court heard this week.

As if that was not enough, at least some of the group then headed to a classroom, getting inside through an unlocked window.

The court was told that they then proceeded to throw furniture about, smash electronic equipment, fling desk contents around and throw tomatoes.

It was told Livingston could not recall all of what happened that night.

He could not remember smashing the school equipment, but he could remember the group deciding to head to the pool because it was such a hot night.

Livingston, who said he had aspirations to become a social worker, pleaded guilty to one charge of entering a premises and committing an indictable offence, a charge that in some cases carries a maximum jail term of 14 years.

It was the complete absence of any criminal history that helped Livingston when it came to sentencing, for what Magistrate Graham Hillan described as a "fairly serious offence".

Livingston was fined $400 and, because he had no criminal history, had no conviction recorded against his name.

Gympie Times

Creating support links

Creating support links

Emerald woman starts depression/anxiety support group.

Bush adventures kids will love

Bush adventures kids will love

Local author inspires big rural dreams.

What can you do?

What can you do?

Chance to learn life-saving skills.

Local Partners