Brisbane man says New Year's resolution reason for handing himself to police

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 07:50 hrs

A Brisbane man keen on making a fresh start in 2013 handed himself to the police calling it his New Year's resolution, a court has heard.

The Brisbane Magistrates Court was told that Shaun Hickling, 32, was so keen to make a 'fresh start' in the next year that he surrendered to police at 4am on Wednesday.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service barrister Lewis Shillto, for Hickling, said his client had failed to appear in the Redcliffe Magistrates Court in October and that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, reports.

According to the report, Shillto said his client had failed to appear at the hearing, for a breach of a community service order, because he was grieving the passing of an uncle, who Hickling regarded as a father figure because he was raised by him.

The court was told that as New Year approached, Hickling had resolved to make a clean start as soon as 2013 started.

Shillto said that Hickling made a New Year's resolution to attend to his (outstanding criminal) matters.

Hickling smiled and nodded in agreement as the court was told of his intention to resolve his outstanding legal problems.

Prosecutor Timothy Clare confirmed Hickling did surrender himself into police custody freely and of his own accord.

Sergeant Clare said Hickling still had to be dealt with in the District Court for an unresolved alleged breach of a community service order.

According to the report, Magistrate Paul Kluck said in the circumstances it was appropriate for Hickling, who pleaded guilty to a breach of bail, to be fined 200 dollars.

Hickling was given further bail and remanded to appear again on a date to be fixed, the report added. (ANI)

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