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19 November, 2004

people do anything in order to get into jail

Well, in the later stage of Monopoly game, we all want to stay in the jail, if we have a few properties, but to risk to travel around the board.

A homeless man robbed a service station so he could get into jail, to avoid sleeping on the street.

> News.com.au has the story Homeless man gets jail wish

Homeless man gets jail wish (News.com.au, 19th Nov 2004)

A HOMELESS man who robbed a service station so he could be arrested and avoid another night on the streets got his wish today when he was jailed for at least two and a half years.

Ty William McDonald-Grant, 30, armed himself with a broken bottle and stole about $500 worth of cash, tobacco and soft drink from a service station at Berri, in South Australia's Riverland, in April.

An hour earlier, McDonald-Grant went to the Berri police station and asked if he could spend the night there but was turned away.

In the SA District Court today, Judge David Smith said McDonald-Grant had waited for police outside the service station after the robbery.

"The circumstances of this offending were bizarre, to say the least," Judge Smith said.

"In the course of the ensuing conversation with (a police officer), you asked him twice to lock you up. "When you were told that you were arrested and that you had a right to apply for bail, you said you did not want it.

"At the later video-recorded interview, you admitted the offence and indicated you did not want to commit robbery but that you did not want to sleep out on the streets that night."

Judge Smith said McDonald-Grant grew up in Queensland but was kicked out of home when he was 14 years old. Since then, McDonald-Grant had lived on the streets, in men's shelters and in prison.

Judge Smith said given the circumstances of the crime, McDonald-Smith's offending was not a typical robbery and should be treated at the lower end of the seriousness for such a crime.

McDonald-Grant was sentenced to four years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of two and a half years.

Posted by Antony on 19 November 2004 4:58 PM | newstalk

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im looking for a ty william Mcdonald grant he is the father of my son i think it could be the homeless man gets a jail wish need to contact him asap
Posted by maree brown on 31 July 2015 2:12 PM.
i need to find ty he has family in victoria wangaratta we have been looking for him for 14 years his son jud he hasnt seen since he was 2 years old jud would love to have contact with him please help us find ty william Mcdonald grant we have face book we need some one to help us find ty regards maree brown 0422858601

Posted by maree brown on 31 July 2015 8:57 PM.
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