Man's claim of new life not enough to stop conviction

"I'M a new man, you won't see me again I promise," proclaimed a man appearing before the Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

However, Christopher John Crawford's promise to Magistrate Russell Warfield was not enough to save him from having a conviction recorded against him.

Crawford pleaded guilty to one count of wilful damage. The court heard police had attended an address in Gladstone at about 5.30pm on February 18.

There, they observed Crawford had damaged fence palings and had removed the gate of the property from its hinges.

Crawford, who was on parole at the time of appearing in court, was not on parole at the time of the offence.

He told Magistrate Warfield the offence had happened before he turned his life around.

Crawford said he was now on a completely different path.

"This happened before," Crawford said. "I'm on medication now.

"I'm a new man, you won't see me again, I promise."

Mag Warfield fined Crawford $400 and recorded a conviction for the offence.