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Hefty fine for electricity thief

Saturday, 13th December, 2014

A former linesman who was put on a bond for stealing electricity has been fined $1000 after he breached that bond by committing another offence.

Jason Leigh Rowbotham (29) was found guilty of diverting electricity to his Radium Street home in 2011 and sentenced to a two-year good behavior bond.

Rowbotham was also ordered to the pay power company for which he worked at the time, Country Energy, compensation of $5771.

But while that bond was still in effect, he was charged with possessing an offensive weapon.

Rowbotham’s lawyer told the Local Court yesterday that the alleged weapon was in fact a 40-centimetre-long “security torch” with studs on the end that was “more of a novelty item” than a real weapon.

But Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy said it resembled a police truncheon and was obviously an implement capable of inflicting injury.

Mr Dunlevy revoked the good behaviour bond imposed for stealing electricity and fined Rowbotham $500.

He also fined him $500 for possessing an offensive implement and put him on an 18-month good behaviour bond.

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