Parole conduct crucial

CARL John Matheson will have to think twice about the way he behaves for the next nine months while he serves a period of parole.

The 28-year-old arrived at Monday's sitting of the Proserpine Magistrates Court in police custody charged with one count of wilful

damage.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Mark Flynn said at 5.30am on July 12, police were called to a unit in Cannonvale where a man had been seen breaking in.

On arrival, police saw damaged screen doors on the lower and balcony levels and subsequently found Matheson in bed.

The court was told he had been evicted from the unit on July 9.

On the night of July 12, he allegedly told police he was freezing and had nowhere to go.

Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said Matheson was "not exactly sure" about the eviction date and had been looking for his former girlfriend.

She claimed the damage to the screen doors had actually been done a few weeks prior when Matheson had lost his keys.

Ms Meade conceded Matheson, a resident of the Airlie Beach and Proserpine areas for about nine years, had already been given probation and was on a suspended sentence for a similar charge.

Nonetheless she begged magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist not to send him to jail, saying he needed help for his issues with drugs.

Matheson told the court he wanted to go to Brisbane, where he had family support and could "start again afresh ... so I'm not around here doing circles".

"I don't believe a word you say," Mr Stjernqvist replied.

"Because people say anything when they're standing in that glass box."

Mr Stjernqvist said Matheson was guilty of "persistent offending".

"And that's because of your lifestyle you're living here," he said.

Matheson was ordered to pay $500 restitution and sentenced to a total of nine months imprisonment, with an immediate parole release.

"You couldn't get through probation so you're not going to get through a period of parole," Mr Stjernqvist warned.

"(And) if you don't do what you say and you stay here, I'll see you again, just like night follows day."


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