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A Jiggi man who looted two CBD stores and the Lismore Fire Station on the Sunday morning of this year’s devastating flood will not receive a custodial sentence; he has been ordered to complete community service instead.

Lorien Rain Sayers appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday charged with larceny and stalking or intimidation over incidents on April 2.

The 42-year-old was arrested by Senior Constable Mark Annemaat after allegedly intimidating a Lismore man about 6.40 am.

Before his arrest, police said Mr Sayers had looted three premises on three different Lismore CBD streets.

‘Lorien Sayers did steal certain property, to wit, two motorcycle jackets from the KTM store, Conway Street Lismore, three backpack spray units and a radio handset from the Lismore Fire Station on Molesworth Street and a lamp from the Enchanted Florist store on Magellan Street,’ court documents showed.

When he was arrested, the stolen property was recovered and Mr Sayers was issued a court attendance notice to appear before Lismore Local Court.

Since his first court appearance in May, Mr Sayers entered not guilty pleas to both charges, changed his address to a Nimbin post office box, was self represented in court on three occasions and failed to appear on June 27.

Mr Sayers  next appeared at Lismore Local Court on July 31 and Magistrate David Heilpern ordered him to be assessed for a Community Service Order.

On Monday (August 28), Mr Heilpern heard Mr Sayers had been accepted as eligible for community service.

He sentenced him to complete 60 hours community service concurrently on both charges.

Mr Heilpern ordered Mr Sayers to report to Lismore Community Corrections within seven days.


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  1. Community Service – what a joke ! Stealing from flood victims AND STEALING FROM the FIRE STATION, an essential community service is a DESPICABLE crime .


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