CAUGHT UP: Filling up without paying twice has caught up with a father who was convicted in the Biloela Magistrates Court today.
CAUGHT UP: Filling up without paying twice has caught up with a father who was convicted in the Biloela Magistrates Court today.

Loss of son motivates multiple fuel thefts

A FATHER drove off without paying for fuel twice as he dealt with the loss of a son and drug addiction.

The Biloela Magistrates Court heard that 29-year-old Kyle James George Makin made off with more than $170 worth of diesel fuel after filling up and driving away at two Gold Coast service stations.

Representing himself in the Biloela Magistrates Court today, Mr Makin said that, at the time of these two separate offences, he was battling an ice addiction following a loss in his family.

“At the time I was going through the loss of my son, got on the drugs real bad and moved back to NSW,” Mr Makin said.

“I’ve recently had another daughter, cleaned myself up and moved back up here for work reasons.”

Police Prosecutor Jessica King told the court that, on February 4, 2017 at 8pm, Mr Makin drove his vehicle into Coles Express Bundall and filled his car with 116.68 litres of diesel which was valued at $159.73.

After a complaint was made and police identified Mr Makin and his vehicle in CCTV footage, Biloela police attended Mr Makin’s new residence on November 5, 2019 and spoke to him about the offence.

“The defendant said at that time the vehicle belonged to him and he resided at the Gold Coast during the time of the offence in February 2017 but he did not admit to stealing the fuel,” Ms King said.

“He was issued with a notice to appear and again restitution is sorted for $159.73.”

The earlier offence occurred on November 13, 2016 at 8.40pm where Mr Makin filled up his Nissan Patrol with $20 worth of fuel and drove off.

Police patrolling the Gold Coast highway at 10pm on January 6, 2017 intercepted Mr Makin and arrested him in relation to the offence and, in interviews with police, he made full admissions.

Ms King cited Mr Makin’s NSW and Queensland criminal history to Magistrate Philippa Beckinsale.

“There are entries for property and dishonesty type offending,” Ms King said.

“It would seem, in terms of penalty, the highest he’s received is a bond in that jurisdiction which seems to include a period of time of counselling and rehabilitative programs.

Charged with one count of stealing and fraud, Mr Makin pleaded guilty, was convicted and fined $300 for both the offences and ordered to pay $179.73 in restitution.


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