- Michael Boulton admitted to paying a thief to steal his girlfriend's belongings
- The thief was to steal while Boulton was on holiday with his girlfriend
- Buolton then planned to dump her and not return to a home full of her belongings
A 30-year-old man in Gladstone, Australia has confessed to paying a thief to steal his girlfriend's belongings so it would be easier for him to break up with her.
Michael Boulton paid an unknown man 200 Australian dollars (Ghc692) to break into his home and take all his girlfriend's belongings.
Boulton's plan was to break up with his girlfriend while they were on holiday so he didn't have to return to a home full of her belongings.
According to him, this would make the breakup easier to deal with.
The thief took the woman's clothes, laptop, charger, jewelry and her identification documents — a passport and certificate of citizenship.
Boulton appeared in court to answer to charges of theft. His lawyer Rio Ramos expressed his client's regret: "He realises now that he should have handled the break-up better."
The judge gave Boulton a suspended 12-month sentence and ordered him to pay his ex-girlfriend compensation.