A man who was asked whether he was “physically gifted” or trying to steal items from Kmart by stuffing them down his pants has pleaded guilty to charges in court.
Paul O’Gorman, 33, of Hopetoun Road, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to theft and attempted theft after being found with a pair of jeans and a can of flyspray hidden in his trousers.
He was convicted, placed on a 12-month community corrections order and has to complete 50 hours’ community work.
Police alleged that in February O’Gorman went to Kmart where staff noticed a massive bulge in the man’s pants.
They questioned whether he was attempting to steal something or if he was physically gifted.
O’Gorman denied he was concealing anything, but when staff threatened to call police he produced a folded-up pair of blue jeans and a can of Mortein from his pants.
Magistrate Ann McGarvie said she should not laugh but the offending was ridiculous.
On June 17 O’Gorman took a woman to a Koroit medical clinic.
The woman fell and was assisted into a room where she and O’Gorman were left alone.
O’Gorman then stole four vials of adrenalin which he later returned after the drugs were found to be missing.
Ms McGarvie said O’Gorman had been found suitable to undertake a community corrections order.
She said the police summary was one of the funniest she had ever heard but the offending was serious.
The magistrate said O’Gorman had been a drug user but he now had the opportunity to turn around his life.