Jai Glover admits stealing $3,500 worth of brass from Henry Rolland Park in Acton | Canberra time

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A brass bandit has finally admitted to stealing $3,500 worth of precious metal from an Acton park under cover of darkness, after spending months protesting his innocence. Jai Liam Glover, a 41-year-old steelworker from Kambah, appeared in the ACT Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to theft and three counts of driving. The court was told that Glover pleaded to theft in October on the second day of a hearing, in which he had previously tried to have that charge overturned. It ended claims of innocence that dated back to January 2021, when he mocked reporters covering his first appearance and insisted the man seen on CCTV removing valuable brass from benches in Henry Park Rolland “was not me”. Court documents, filed after Glover’s admission, show he entered the park around 8:50 p.m. on September 26, 2020. Security camera footage shows him sitting in each of the seats along the edge of the water and apparently removing the anti-theft screws. Glover can be seen leaving the park more than an hour after arriving, but he wasn’t gone long. Upon his return, the 41-year-old was captured by park CCTV cameras removing brass seat trim and fittings from the benches. He later transfers them to a nearby BMW, using a backpack to carry some of the five pieces of metal to the car. The entire episode lasts over three hours, with the vehicle seen leaving the area at 12:02 a.m. on September 27, 2020. ACT government maintenance officers discovered the theft approximately nine hours later and notified police, who traced the crime down to Glover after identifying the BMW. as belonging to the man’s brother. On Thursday afternoon, prosecutor Lauren Knobel told the court the theft appeared to be planned and premeditated. the ACT government. The court heard that a search of Glover’s home failed to recover the stolen equipment. Ms Knobel added that Glover had already benefited from intensive correctional orders and other community sentences, which had not deterred him from reoffending. She said Glover had also served time behind bars in the past and a further full-time jail term was appropriate. Glover’s legal aid attorney, Benjamin Rutzou, acknowledged that his client’s theft plea was entered late in the case. But he said it prevented a situation where the case would have had to be moved to the ACT Supreme Court, meaning it still proved very beneficial to the community. MORE COURT AND CRIME NEWS: Mr Rutzou also told the court that Glover, a drug addict and full-time carer for his “severely overweight” mother, had been deemed at medium to low risk of reoffending, which which was an improvement over previous reviews of the same type. Magistrate James Stewart, who was to convict Glover, ultimately deemed it inappropriate to finalize the case on Thursday. He said the case should be referred to Magistrate James Lawton, who presided over the robbery hearing and ordered reports for reasons Mr Stewart did not understand. Mr. Stewart therefore adjourned the matter to appear before his colleague on February 16. Glover, who will remain on bail until then, was unimpressed to find reporters outside the court brandishing cameras as he left. “Fagots,” he said, dashing forward with a piece of paper to his face. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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