Speed camera arsonist jailed on theft charges two months after using sock to set fire
A man who pleaded guilty this week to setting fire to a speed camera using a sock doused in accelerant has been jailed for separate offences.
- Russell Terrance Weribone appeared in court for the second time in three days
- He pleaded guilty to the theft of bottles of champagne and whiskey from Adelaide bottle shops
- The 40-year-old will also reappear in court in March on unrelated charges
Russell Terrance Weribone appeared in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court today on two charges of theft and one charge of attempted theft.
Weribone pled guilty to stealing and attempting to steal alcohol from multiple locations last year, while on a suspended sentence for the theft of an air conditioner.
On Tuesday, he also pleaded guilty to separate charges relating to the arson attack on a Greenhill Road speed camera last year.
On November 14, 2018, the speed camera at the intersection of Anzac Highway and Greenhill Road in the Adelaide suburb of Wayville was smashed and set alight at about 12:30am.
Police said the fire was quickly extinguished but the suspect had driven away before patrols arrived.
Emergency services were then called back to the scene at about 3:45am when another attempt was made the set the camera alight.
Thefts occurred while on suspended sentence
The court heard Mr Weribone’s theft charges were from last year and occurred at the same time he was on a suspended sentence.
In June 2018, he was given a suspended sentence bond for stealing an air conditioner.
The court heard he stole two bottles of Dom Perignon and one bottle of champagne from the Marion Hotel at Mitchell Park on August 24 last year.
On the same day he stole two bottles of whiskey, one bottle of scotch whisky and one bottle of champagne from the Victoria Hotel at O’Halloran Hill.
The court heard a week later on August 31, he attempted to steal two bottles of shiraz from a Para Hills bottle shop but was apprehended by a shop attendant.
His defence lawyer urged the judge to show leniency but admitted he knew the charges would result in a prison sentence.
Weribone pleaded guilty to all three theft charges and will serve a total of 18 days in prison.
He will reappear in court in March on unrelated charges.