Pinjarra man avoids jail for fraud, stealing and burglary

A PINJARRA man was lucky to avoid jail after he stole a woman’s purse from a church last year.

Leo Ugle-Eades (20) pleaded guilty in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday to 38 counts of fraud, three counts of stealing and burglary.

He was sentenced to a 12 month intensive supervision order with program and supervision requirements.

The prosecutor told the court Ugle-Eades attended Pinjarra Family Court on August 10 and rummaged through his victim’s handbag.

He took her bankcards and a $500 fuel card.

On the same day, he made more than $459 worth of small PayPass purchases at Vibe service station, Woolworths, Liquorland and Domino’s in Pinjarra.

On August 11, he made more than $138 worth of small PayPass purchases at Vibe service station in Pinjarra.

On August 21, Ugle-Eades entered a second victim’s Pinjarra home and stole their wallet, an iPad and $200 cash.

Over the following days he made more than $731 worth of PayPass purchases on the victim’s bankcard at the Reject Shop, Target, a phone shop and a service station in Pinjarra.

On November 7, Ugle-Eades rummaged through a third victim’s car boot in Banksia Grove and took an iPhone, cash and bankcards.

He made more than $588 worth of purchases on the victim’s bankcard at Coles, McDonalds, Caltex, Thirsty Camel, IGA and a taxi fare in Butler.

In total, Ugle-Eades stole more than $1916 from his victims.

Counsel for the accused said Ugle-Eades committed the offences due to money and family pressures.

She said the alcohol was purchased for his family and not himself.

The court was told Ugle-Eades is taking steps to ensure the behaviour does not happen again.

“His goal is to be a good father,” she said.

Magistrate Anne Longden said he showed a disregard for the rights and property of other people.

“You’ve entered a new chapter with your partner and you have a child you want to be a good father to,” she said.