#parents | #teensvaping | Teen lasted two days on probation before re-offending

A TOOWOOMBA teenager had been on probation just two days before he embarked on a crime spree that had him admitting to a total 26 new offences.

Michael Laurence Smith was taken into custody and had spent 76 days in jail before appearing by video from Brisbane Men’s Correctional Centre to plead guilty before the Toowoomba court to all 26 offences.

Those charges included entering a premises and stealing, the assault occasioning bodily harm of a friend, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possessing methylamphetamine and prescription drugs, failing to properly dispose of a syringe, and breaking into 12 cars parked on Toowoomba streets on the night of January 19.

Police prosecutor Nikola Prince told the court the 18-year-old had been placed on 15 months probation by the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on November 15 last year and that the first of his string of offences had been committed just two days later.

However, Smith’s solicitor Phil Stainton told the court the probation order had not had time to take effect by then.

An officer from the Probation and Parole Department told the court the teenager had not engaged with the order at all and had failed to attend as required three times.

Mr Stainton told the court his client had endured an issue with drugs having started on cannabis and meth at the age of 13.

At the time of this offending his client was using ice daily and weighed just 47kg but since being in custody and off drugs he had built back up to 60kg, Mr Stainton said.

Upon his release from jail, his client intended returning to live with his family in Toowoomba, he said.

Magistrate Graham Lee took into account Smith’s young age and the fact he had spent 76 days in pre-sentence custody and sentenced him to nine months in jail but ordered he be released on parole immediately.

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