Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court

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Work li­cence granted

James Pa­trick Con­way ap­plied for a re­stricted li­cence af­ter plead­ing guilty to a drink-driv­ing charge.

On May 31, Con­way was driv­ing a white util­ity on Shute Har­bour Road, Air­lie Beach, when he was di­rected to en­ter a static RBT site.

He ad­mit­ted con­sum­ing two beers at lunchtime and one Crown lager with din­ner. His BAC read­ing was .113.

The 48-year-old Con­way Beach res­i­dent was fined $700 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 10 months.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells op­posed his ap­pli­ca­tion for a work li­cence say­ing this was his third drinkdriv­ing of­fence.

She noted the pre­vi­ous of­fences were “quite dated” but pointed out that Con­way’s read­ing was more than twice the le­gal al­co­hol limit.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist ac­cepted this was “a valid con­cern” but he chose to grant an HR-class li­cence for work pur­poses only.

Deeply re­gret­ful

Stephen James Fowler said he was deeply re­gret­ful for the ac­tions which led to a charge of be­ing drunk or dis­or­derly in a li­censed place.

At 8.45pm in early June, po­lice at­tended Proser­pine’s Prince of Wales Ho­tel and ar­rested a woman in­side the bar.

Fowler, who was be­side the woman, al­legedly be­came dis­or­derly and was warned not to ob­struct po­lice. The 39year-old was de­scribed as quite in­tox­i­cated at the time. He was fined $330 and a con­vic­tion was recorded for the of­fence.

Il­le­gal U-turn

Mak­ing an il­le­gal u-turn on June 8 caused Kane Robert Hig­gins to come to the at­ten­tion of po­lice.

At 9.05am Hig­gins was driv­ing a red Ford Fal­con on Shute Har­bour Road, Cannonvale, when he made the ma­noeu­vre in di­rect con­tra­ven­tion of a ‘No U-turn’ sign.

When in­ter­cepted on Beach Road, Hig­gins was un­able to pro­duce a driver’s li­cence. Checks re­vealed he was SPER-sus­pended, which he ad­mit­ted he knew.

The 19-year-old Wood­wark res­i­dent was fined $440 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for six months.

Over the limit

A Pro­vi­sional li­cence holder who drove af­ter drink­ing al­co­hol was fined $220 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three months. Kim Niko­lai Hod­son was seen driv­ing a gold Holden sedan in Cannonvale, at 9pm on June 1.

The 22-year-old lo­cal res­i­dent ad­mit­ted con­sum­ing a 375ml over-proof Jim Beam pre-mix drink prior to driv­ing. His BAC read­ing was .024.

He was fined $220 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three months.


Jerome Shane Paul Jones ad­mit­ted he’d “stuffed up” by con­tra­ven­ing a pro­tec­tion or­der and pos­sess­ing drug-re­lated uten­sils.

At 10.15am on May 19, po­lice at­tended a Proser­pine ad­dress af­ter re­ceiv­ing 000 calls re­sult­ing from an ar­gu­ment be­tween Jones and the ag­grieved. A plas­tic wa­ter pipe and elec­tric grinder were seen at the dwelling, which Jones ad­mit­ted were his.

The 23-year-old ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian was placed on pro­ba­tion for 12 months.

A quiet smoke

Zachary An­thony Kelly and Kye Wil- liam Sales both pleaded guilty to six counts of pos­sess­ing drug-re­lated uten­sils and one count of pos­sess­ing danger­ous drugs.

At 10.45pm on June 5, po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle and the pos­si­ble steal­ing of build­ing ma­te­ri­als at a lo­ca­tion in Cannonvale.

Kelly and Sales were found at the scene with a white Holden Com­modore sedan. Po­lice searched the ve­hi­cle, find­ing a small amount of cannabis, a wa­ter pipe and var­i­ous other uten­sils.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor David Ritchie said the men were not out to steal any­thing and were just hav­ing “a quiet smoke”.

Sales, who lives lo­cally, was placed on a $400 good be­hav­iour bond for four months, con­di­tional upon at­tend­ing a drug-diver­sion course on July 2. Kelly, from New South Wales, was is­sued with a $330 fine.

Un­li­censed driver

Amanda Gayle Kite pleaded guilty to two counts of driv­ing with­out a li­cence and one of con­tra­ven­ing a po­lice re­quire­ment.

At 2.40am on May 23, Kite was caught driv­ing a white Holden sedan on Welling­ton Street, Mackay. Checks re­vealed her li­cence was demerit-point-sus­pended from May 2-Au­gust 1.

At 11.30am on May 30, Kite was again seen driv­ing the same ve­hi­cle on Syd­ney Street, Mackay.

For each of the of­fences she was is­sued with a $220 fine and also dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for a to­tal of six months.


Liam Jon Lawler was fined $440 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three months af­ter plead­ing guilty to a drinkdriv­ing charge.

The 23-year-old was seen driv­ing a white Kia van on Shute Har­bour Road, Air­lie Beach, at 12.50am on May 24.

He ad­mit­ted drink­ing beer and spir­its prior to driv­ing, from 8pm un­til about midnight. His BAC read­ing was .091.

Zero limit

Ti­mothy Carl Ma­son pleaded guilty to driv­ing while over the no al­co­hol limit that ap­plied to him.

The Pro­vi­sional li­cence holder was seen driv­ing a grey Ford Fal­con sedan on Tay­lor Street, Proser­pine, on May 30 at 5.30pm.

He ad­mit­ted con­sum­ing four or five pots of Tooheys beer. His BAC read­ing was .039. The 24-year-old, from Cannonvale, was fined $330 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three months.

Pub­lic nui­sance

Ben John Nor­ton said he re­alised the ac­tions that led to a pub­lic nui­sance charge were “very stupid”.

At 12.30am on June 30, po­lice at­tended Paddy’s Shenani­gans in Air­lie Beach, where Nor­ton was found wrestling with se­cu­rity staff on the foot­path. Se­cu­rity and man­age­ment said the Mackay res­i­dent had been evicted af­ter caus­ing a dis­tur­bance in­side the bar.

He was fined $550 but no con­vic­tion was recorded for the of­fence.

Fined and dis­qual­i­fied

Gre­gory Al­lan Schiesser pleaded guilty to a drink-driv­ing charge. At 8.30pm on June 21, po­lice no­ticed a red ve­hi­cle turn­ing into Ju­bilee Pocket Road. The driver, Schiesser, ad­mit­ted drink­ing wine that night but was un­able to say how much. He was breathal­ysed and blew .129. He was fined $600 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for five months.

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