Anthony Robert McKenzie leaves court after being fined for stealing and possessing dangerous drugs.
Anthony Robert McKenzie leaves court after being fined for stealing and possessing dangerous drugs.

Thirsty tradie smuggles chilled beer down trousers

A THIRSTY lad grabbed himself a cold beer after work but instead of paying for it he simply shoved the chilled beer stubby down the front of his pants and walked out of the liquor store.

It was one of two stealing charges and drug offences that brought the tradie before Ipswich Magistrates Court.

Anthony Robert McKenzie, 32, a painter from Bracken Ridge, pleaded guilty to two charges of stealing; being in possession of the drug cannabis at Ripley on January 25; and possession of a used pipe used to smoke a dangerous drug.

Prosecutor, Sergeant Brad Dick said police intercepted a car at 1am in Ripley and McKenzie was found with 3.5 grams of marijuana and a used glass pipe.

Magistrate Terry Duroux read more police facts onto the public record, saying that on February 27 last year McKenzie put 15 litres of fuel into a Holden Commodore, then went into the Strathpine service station to say he would be back to pay, but never did.

On February 9 he attended the BWS bottle shop at Strathpine. He was seen to take a single Great Northern Lager stubby of beer from the fridge and secrete the cold beer down the front of his pants.

He left without attempting to pay.

McKenzie, who represented himself, told the court he remembered going to the bottle shop after work because he was probably thirsty but did not recall the stealing incident.

Mr Duroux asked him what penalty he thought should be imposed.

"You've seen my history. It's pretty embarrassing," McKenzie said.

"I'm 32 in April, hopefully I'm growing up.

"Oh mate, your honour I'm a painter. Not sure if a conviction (recorded) will affect me."

McKenzie was convicted and fined $900.


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