An illiterate man who helped break in to a number of Shepparton businesses made little more than pocket change from the crime spree.
Anthony Newling, 21, pleaded guilty in Shepparton Magistrates’ Court to charges of burglary yesterday after admitting to taking part in a spate of burglaries across town.
Despite many businesses having stock and cash stolen, the court heard Newling would make as little as $10 from a successful burglary.
Through an eight-week period earlier this year, Newling and other co-accused broke into businesses, including Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, a grocery shop and an op shop.
The break-ins yielded large amounts of cash at times, including $2000 from a Shepparton fruit shop, but Newling would receive a small pittance of the takings.
When he was eventually arrested and interviewed by police, Newling stated he received a $10 cut from one burglary, which he spent on food.
Defence Lawyer Luke Slater said Newling was effectively taken advantage of by co-accused, who kept the majority of the takings.
‘‘The best he seemed to get was three per cent,’’ Mr Slater said.
Unlike other aggregated burglaries across Shepparton in the past 12 months, Mr Slater said Newling was more or less along for the ride and not out for a quick buck.
‘‘He wasn’t funding a drug habit through this offending, I think it is fair to say that Mr Newling was as much a tag along as anything else.’’
He said his client had a low IQ, a learning disability and could not read or write.
‘‘He stated he was hanging around with the wrong people,’’ he said.
Magistrate Stella Stuthridge adjourned the case to give time for Newling to liaise with disability services.
His bail was extended and he will need to report to police three times a week until he is sentenced on December 12.