Crime spree ends with prison term

A MAN linked to a petty crime spree in Coffs Harbour and Grafton, including a spiteful road rage incident, was sentenced in Grafton Local Court on Monday to a minimum nine months jail.

Nicholas John Paige, aka Thirkell, 32, appeared in court to face a string of fraud, theft and driving-related charges stemming from incidents in November.

According to court documents, Paige, whose address was listed as Gympie in Queensland, and a female passenger, were stopped by police on the morning of November 30, driving a stolen Holden Commodore near Cowper.

Paige initially gave police a false name.

Police searched the vehicle, finding computer equipment, which Paige claimed ownership of, as well as two stolen Queensland driver's licences and a bankcard.

After admitting he had stolen the car from a Brisbane saleyard, Paige was arrested and interviewed by police in Grafton.

During the interview he revealed he had fraudulently purchased the equipment from two Coffs Harbour retailers just days earlier using cheques he knew would not be honoured.

He also admitted to paying for accommodation and meals at Woolgoolga and Coffs Harbour using illegally obtained credit card details, as well as filling the stolen car with pet- rol at Toowoomba and Grafton without paying.

During the interview, police questioned him about a road rage incident reported at the Park Beach Plaza carpark in Coffs Harbour the night before.

About 7.45pm on November 29, court documents stated, Paige had intentionally accelerated toward two men and a woman walking through the carpark, running over the woman's foot.

When one of the men approached the car to confront him, Paige and his female passenger were laughing, before again reversing toward the man and speeding off.

Paige pleaded guilty to all charges and was remanded in custody in Grafton jail.

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