This tale of theft reads like a comedy of errors. A homeowner caught Damien Lewis and an unnamed teenage accomplice red-handed as they stole pork from a neighbor’s shed in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. They fled before police arrived, but it was fairly easy to find them. Officers followed their footprints to Lewis’ home, where the aroma of frying bacon added to the evidence. Lewis’ sentencing argument is priceless.
While he insisted he "wasn't actually the one taking the food", Lewis admitted to being in the man's yard when the bacon was stolen and that he should have known better.
He pleaded for another chance on the grounds his dog was waiting at home to be fed and he needed to clean his home so he didn't fail an upcoming rental inspection.
He also told the court he had previously completed more than 100 hours community service and was so popular he had been asked to return as a volunteer.
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