CHILDERS Magistrates Court was back in session for the first time this year. With early guilty pleas the court found the following people guilty of all charges, resulting in recorded convictions in a Queensland court, numerous fines and disqualification of driver’s licences. Failing to pay fines may result in further fines or possible imprisonment. Arrangements can be made to pay off fines. For further information phone 1300 365 635.
Richard Douglas Hobbs was caught drink driving over the general limit; the analysis recorded a reading of 0.074. Mr Hobbs was driving with a United Kingdom licence. His licence was disqualified for four months and he was fined $450.
Jason Peter Scotney was caught drink driving the morning after a Christmas party last year; the analysis recorded a reading of .162. Mr Scotney had a prior conviction dated 2006 for a reading of .185. With his early plea of guilty, the court found him guilty, resulting in 14 months disqualification of licence and a $1200 fine.
Saliva drug test
Jenny-Marie Cutting tested positive to a random roadside drug test, conducted by police. The test resulted in Tetrahydrocannabinol being detected in the saliva swab. Miss Cutting made an early plea of guilty, resulting in six months disqualification of driver’s licence and a fine of $900.
Craig Patrick Mortensen tested positive to a drug test conducted by police. The test resulted in methamphetamine being detected in the saliva swab. Mr Mortensen made an early plea of guilty, resulting in six months disqualification of driver’s licence and a fine of $900.
Anthony Gavin Tatnell tested positive to a drug test. The test resulted in THC being detected in the saliva swab. Mr Tatnell made an early guilty plea and had his driver’s licence disqualified for six months and was fined $900.
Driving without a licence
Anthony John Martin was caught driving with a disqualified licence. Mr Martin’s licence was disqualified two weeks prior for three months. As a result, his driver’s licence was disqualified for two years and he was fined $1200.
Carla Jane Otto was caught driving in Queensland with an expired NSW licence. With her long history of driving offences the court disqualified Miss Otto from driving for six months and fined her $750.
Damages and obstruction
Brett John Baker stood before the court and with an early plea of guilty to two counts of being a public nuisance and causing wilful damage. The court found him guilty on both accounts and Mr Baker was fined $1550 in total.
Faye Marie Belcher stood before the magistrate charged with two counts of obstructing police and failing to follow an officer’s instruction. The incident resulted in Miss Belcher being handcuffed by police officers the night of the alleged offence. Miss Belcher made a plea of guilty; she was found guilty by the court and fined $900 in total.