A Maryborough truck driver who stole a Royal Children's Hospital charity tin at an Echuca service station has received a wholly suspended jail sentence.March 12, 2014 4:43am
A man who stole $300 collected for the Royal Children’s Hospital appeal from Echuca’s 24-hour Caltex service station has received a wholly suspended jail sentence.
Brett Cornwill, 37, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court yesterday to stealing the collection tin from the service station on the corner of Ogilvie Ave and the Northern Hwy on September 25, 2012.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Alan Walker told the court the Maryborough truck driver went into the service station about 7.30pm, put the tin in his bag and left.
‘‘On October 3 (2012), he went back into to the service station. Staff recognised him and rang the police,’’ Leading Sen. Constable Walker said.
He said police viewed the security footage and Cornwill was arrested and interviewed at Echuca police station, where he admitted to stealing the money.
Leading Sen. Constable Walker said Cornwill later returned to the Caltex servo and repaid the stolen money.
‘‘His reasons for his fail to appear and fail to answer bail, he said ‘I can’t get to court. I’m a truck driver’,’’ Leading Sen. Constable Walker said.
Representing himself, Cornwill said he had paid back the stolen money, as well as an extra $100.
‘‘It was a stupid thing to do. I’ve paid the money back. What else can I do?’’ he said.
Magistrate David Wright asked Cornwill if he had anything else to say in his defence, but he did not.
‘‘In that case, seeing as it’s such a low act, I convict and sentence you to three months’ imprisonment wholly suspended for six months, only because you paid it back,’’ Mr Wright said.
He also fined Cornwill $600.
Two young boys flown to Melbourne on Wednesday night are still in critical and serious conditions after a Shepparton house fire.
Mulwala Thirds full forward Gus McMillan kicked his 100th goal for the season on Saturday.
Murchison and Tatura SES units were two of 26 Victoria State Emergency Service volunteer units to receive an allocation of new equipment this week as part of the annual AAMI equipment handover program.
Echuca’s Palace Hotel is to receive a five-star makeover from new owners Barry and Jan Donchi.
Leading Senior Constable Chris Goyne has joined the team at the Rochester police station.
Girgarre Primary School students relate what the best book is they have read and why.
Fundraising for prostate cancer would seem to be a natural fit for the Australian Defence Force.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Aommunity fair and truck show will be hosted by Heathcote Primary School next month.
Statewide roads and public transport study calls for increased governemnt funding, sparks memories of Cobram passenger rail service.
A win against Moama tomorrow is the only possible option for the Rams to play finals in 2014.
A $100 million investment program will recommence following parent company Coca-Cola Amatil's decision today to invest $78 million into SPC Ardmona.
Jack Frawley remembered for his service with the 4th light horse bridge at Lone Pine, Gallipoli and the charge of Beersheba, Palestine.
- Benalla Health signs on as a White Ribbon supporter of the campaign against domestic violence
- A magnificent 98 years for Benalla arts identity
- Benalla unveils its refurbished old shire offices which are now the Civic Centre
- Support Light the Night in Benalla next month
- Poppy Smith celebrates her second birthday, having survived a heart defect.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.