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Guilty plea for stealing fuel

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By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)

Drug-related theft charges saw a 29-year old man appear before Magistrate John Doherty on Friday 9 August, where he entered a guilty plea.
Shaun Grixti-Jackson appeared in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrates court for allegedly stealing petrol from a Ballan service station on the Western Freeway.
The court heard on May 5, 2018 Grixti-Jackson attended the east-bound service station and put $49.99 worth of fuel into his car before driving off without paying.
The prosecutor, Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker, said in court the accused told police he was “on ice” at the time of the offending.
“I’m a different person now, I was doing a lot of s*** back then,” Grixti-Jackson told the court.
“I was going to jail you for seven days,” Magistrate John Doherty said.
“People don’t really want to pay the price, but I have a job to do.”
Grixti-Jackson was convicted and fined a sum of $1200.