By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)
Financial hardship was the reason for a Daylesford man fronting the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court to face an offence he committed in April 2018.
On Friday 11 January, 28-year-old Billy Phypers appeared before Magistrate Alan Spillane for multiple charges; these included theft, driving whilst suspended and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.
It was alleged by the prosecution, police officer Michael Patterson, on April 14 last year the accused stopped at the Ballan BP service station on the Western Freeway with an unknown male.
“The accused parked an unregistered white Hyundai next to a petrol nozzle and proceeded to fill said vehicle with $125.65 worth of petrol, all of this caught on CCTV footage,” Prosecutor Patterson said.
Phypers was interviewed by police on May 29 in Daylesford and made no admissions.
The accused told the court that at the time of his offending his “partner was pregnant,” and when asked by Magistrate Spillane if he faced “financial issues” and had the inability to fill up the car, he said “yes”.
The accused was convicted and fined a sum of $300, all of his licences were suspended for three months.
Magistrate Spillane released Phypers on an adjourned undertaking.