Thomas Towle jailed after crime spree near Bendigo

Thomas Towle was sentenced in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court this week.Picture: Darren Howe, Bendigo Advertiser

Thomas Towle was sentenced in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court this week.Picture: Darren Howe, Bendigo Advertiser

CONVICTED Cardross killer driver Thomas Towle has been sentenced to six months jail after pleading guilty to a long list of charges in which he stole from multiple homes and businesses. 

The former Red Cliffs resident faced the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to 32 charges last week, including burglary, attempted burglary, shop thefts, obtaining property by deception and breaching a community corrections order (CCO).

Magistrate Megan Aumair sentenced Towle to six months imprisonment after which he will be placed on a CCO.

The new criminal charges come after in 2008 a Supreme Court jury found Towle guilty of six charges of dangerous driving causing death and four of dangerous driving causing injury.

He was driving with his four-year-old son on his lap when he crashed into a group of 13 teenagers as they left a birthday party at a house in Cardross on February 18, 2006.

Towle was released on parole in June 2013 after serving seven years of a maximum 10-year sentence however two years after his release Victoria’s Adult Parole Board cancelled his parole after he breached his conditions.

On his latest charges, the court was told the majority of his offences related to a spate of crime in the Eaglehawk central business district throughout July and August this year.

In July, Towle stole from a hardware store and in a separate incident broke into a cafe and took about $550 cash.

He also attempted but failed to break into three businesses in Eaglehawk and in the following month stole cash, electrical items, cigarettes, power tools, alcohol and numerous other items from vehicles, a residential home, and various businesses, including a petrol station and bottle shop. 

On Thursday, Towle was sentenced to six months imprisonment, with just under four months served in pre-sentence detention.

Upon his release in February next year, he will be placed on a 12 month CCO with conditions he engage in drug, alcohol and mental health programs as well as programs that address re-offending. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community work.

– with Bendigo Advertiser

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