Send me to jail, I’m busy

A MAN convicted of looting during Gympie's flooding last year has escaped jail despite saying he would rather be locked up than carry out community service.

Nathan John Caulfield was sentenced to 80 hours' community service and six months' probation for stealing by looting from the Royal Hotel while it was inundated with floodwater on January 28 last year.

He was sentenced on August 27 but returned to the court last Thursday for breaching his probation and community service orders.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin heard Caulfield had failed to undertake any community service in the time allocated and that he said to probation officers he'd rather do a month in jail than fit the community service into his busy schedule.

Caulfield said he was trying to run his own business and move on with his life.

After reminding Caulfield the maximum penalty for looting was a 10-year jail sentence, Magistrate Baldwin adjourned the matter until April 17 to give him another chance to complete his community service.