Gladstone Court House.
Gladstone Court House. Matt Taylor

Teen fined $1100 over extreme efforts to recover $700 debt

A TEENAGER has learnt the hard way that there are more efficient ways to recover a debt than turning up at someone's house and smashing in their windows and TV.

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday to two counts of wilful damage and one count of committing a public nuisance.

The court was told that police called to a West Gladstone street at about 2.40pm on June 14 arrived to find many of the street's residents already in their front yards, waving the officers towards a house.

The defendant had just left, having subjected the three occupants to repeated yells of "Where's my money, dog?" and "You owe me f---ing $700".

He had also attempted to kick in the metal screen on the front door as the occupants hid inside, shattered a glass window and smashed a TV he found at the side of the house.

Prosecutor Joel Sleep told the court a witness had told officers they had earlier seen the young man "punching the ground as if to psych himself up".

Acting Magistrate Jason Schubert fined the teen a total of $1100 and ordered him to pay $335 in compensation, pointing out he stood to lose a substantial amount as a result of his debt-recovery attempt.

No conviction was recorded.