THE penalty for firing ball bearings with a slingshot would normally be a slap on the wrist, but Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin this week reminded Alan Kennedy, 19, he was already on a suspended prison sentence when he did it.
"If you came before me with a clean slate you would have got a proverbial slap on your wrist and walked away. You've racked up quite a history at such a young age," she said, and asked the unemployed Kennedy if he had ever held a job.
"Glazing, fencing, boning, trimming and shooting," Kennedy said.
"What's your next move - prison?" Mrs Baldwin asked.
Kennedy committed the offence of discharging a weapon in a public place in Blackall on June 18, and had traffic offences relating to riding an unregistered motorbike on May 23.
The court learned Kennedy was on a suspended jail sentence from the District Court for arson to which he would be returned for re-sentencing.
For the May 23 traffic offences, Kennedy was ordered to do 31 hours community service and fined $200 for the uninsured motorbike.
For the slingshot incident, his suspended sentence was extended to October 2011, and he was sentenced to another two months' jail, suspended for two years and six months.