Surat couple haven’t seen a cent from six-year-old theft
IT'S been six years since Surat couple Adrian and Helen Chapman had $3000 worth of lightbars stolen from their truck - and they haven't seen a cent of it.
With the revelation last week that Roma criminals owed more than $1.3 million in SPER debt, the Chapmans have expressed their outrage that the person responsible for the theft has deferred all of it to SPER.
"We were working in St George and this person stole two sets of lights off the front of our truck and that same evening after we put them back on with new ones, within a few hours they went back and stole them again," she said.
"[The thief] went to court in Goondiwindi and he was fined $550 to pay back to us, but the lights were worth more than that.
"We've received nothing and when I rang SPER and asked about it, the lady said [the thief] had nine debts in front of ours that he's only partially paid off and he's not paying it right now."
Ms Chapman said criminal should be forced to work off their debt through another means so a lesson could be learned.
"It's hugely disappointing that they're allowed to continue to defer a fine to SPER," she said.
"Honest people like us are basically handing them a meal ticket.
"They should be made to work off their debt by mow the road sides or clean up - anything to at least try and pay back society, because it's not just us [that this has happened to]."