ON PROBATION: Linh Sihavong leaves the Ipswich Courthouse.
ON PROBATION: Linh Sihavong leaves the Ipswich Courthouse. Contributed

Man steals money jar from cafe to pay for heroin habit

A HEROIN user brazenly stole cash from a jar of money that had been left on the counter of a cafe.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Linh Sihavong pleaded guilty to the stealing offence.

The 37-year-old snatched $107 from the jar at The Coffee Club in Goodna and fled the venue.

The incident took place at 9.10am on Friday, June 19.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said police captured Sihavong six minutes after the theft.

Sihavong told police he stole the money because he "needed it".

Defence lawyer Michael Kelly said Sihavong had developed a heroin addiction during the past year.

Mr Kelly said since then Sihavong's life had been "turned upside-down" as a result of his heroin use.

He said the 37-year-old had been clean from the drug for four weeks and was on the waiting list for the methadone program.

Mr Kelly said his client had been co-operative and made admissions to police about the theft.

Magistrate Stuart Shearer noted Sihavong had several prior convictions for dishonesty offences.

Mr Shearer convicted Sihavong and placed him on an 18-month probation order to help ensure he stayed off the heroin.

Conditions of the order included taking part in counselling and drug testing.



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