Breach, theft trigger suspended term
A West Busselton man was jailed for nine months and fined more than $1000 on Tuesday for stealing gardening equipment from a client of his father’s gardening business.
On October 17, Ryan David Johnson stole several items including a trailer, leather pouch, shovel and lawn edging at a total cost of almost $4000, violating a previous suspended jail term of seven months.
He was stopped by police on November 11 and charged with one count of stealing, one count of possess a prohibited drug (cannabis), one count of possessed drug paraphernalia in or on which there was a prohibited drug and one count of no authority to drive.
On Tuesday he pleaded guilty to all charges and the prosecution said the breach of trust warranted a term of imprisonment.
Johnson had previously been in court on drug-related charges and said he was having trouble breaking the habit.
Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said his actions had undermined the efficacy of a suspended imprisonment order.
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