A Bilo man fronts on crime spree

A MAN who stole funds meant for children with special needs has appeared in Biloela Magistrates Court on a string of charges racked up over 18 months.

Biloela man Ashley Neil Kington, 28, fronted court on Monday on four drug charges, two stealing offences, two drug driving charges and one charge of contravening a police direction.

On November 11 last year, Kington stole a donation tin from the Community Resource Centre (CRC) that was meant for children with special needs.

As reported in Central Telegraph last year, Kington had missed his appointment with Gladstone's Centrecare, an outreach service; he used the Community Resource Centre phone to call Centrecare.

While the CRC co-ordinator's back was turned, he stole the tin and ran away.

Police Prosecutor acting Senior Constable Troy Daubras said Kington's long brush with the law started six months earlier, when he had been caught drug driving in Monto on May 2, 2008.

Two months later, he was caught driving with drugs in his system for the second time in Biloela on July 5, and caught him with one gram of the drug in his home days later on July 20.

Kington managed to stay out of trouble for a while, until he tried to leave a Biloela convenience shop without paying for two drinks on March 18 this year.

Two days later, police found him with a drug utensil, and again on May 22, and this time he was also found with more cannabis on him after a search warrant was executetd.

Magistrate John McGrath invoked suspended sentences hanging over Kington's head and gave him six-month jail terms with immediate parole on the drink-driving and drugs possession offences.

Kington received three-month sentences with immediate parole for stealing the tin and drug driving, a combined 21 days with immediate parole for the drug utensil charges.

His licence was disqualified for 16 months for the drink-driving and fined $75 for the theft of the shop goods.

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