Tweed Daily News

'Mongrel' thief steals outboard

HIT-and-run victim Danial Benson can't believe some lowlife would steal from him after everything he's been through.

The 15-year-old, who was left for dead after being struck by a car at Tweed Heads South last year, has now had a $2000 boat motor stolen from outside his home at Banora Point.

The motor, which was pad-locked to the boat in the driveway of the family's house, was braz- enly stolen last Saturday night.

After the Dry Dock Road crash in July 2008, Danial was left with a broken wrist, shoulder and leg, a busted tooth and other injuries.

He spent months in a wheelchair, and still has trouble walking almost one year on.

The use of his boat played a major part in helping the teen get his life back on track after months of painful rehabilitation.

He says he took it out on the water nearly every weekend.

Danial's mother Barbara says whoever stole the motor should be ashamed of themselves.

“I think if people knew what he has been through they wouldn't have stolen it,” Ms Benson said. “I'm probably more disappointed than I am angry.”

Ms Benson says with a construction site at the end of Fairway Drive, the street gets a lot of traffic during the day.

“This is not a street that you would turn into unless you were actually coming here,” Ms Benson said.

“Someone has obviously seen the motor and come back for it.”

Ms Benson said she placed a sign on a nearby street post letting the thieves know exactly what she thinks of them.

“To the lowlife who stole my son's boat motor,” it said.

“11 months ago he was involved in a hit-and-run. He was confined to a wheelchair.

“The insurance company denied liability. We lost everything...

“You mongrel. Hope you are pleased with yourself.”

“We thought things would get easier, but they haven't,” Ms Benson said.

“It will be 12 months (since the crash) on July 25, but we are worse off now than we were before.”

The Bensons are hoping who-ever stole the prized possession will have the decency to return it.

They could even put it back anonymously, they said.

“It would be nice to get it back - even if they leave it on the front lawn,” Ms Benson said.

“All Dan wants is to be able to use his boat again.”

Anyone with information on the theft can contact Tweed Police on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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