Proserpine Magistrate’s Court
Nikolas John Horn was not present in court to answer charges of driving a vehicle that was unregistered, uninsured and bearing cancelled plates, which were dealt with in his absence. The 26-year-old received an $880 fine.
Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said raw emotions led to a charge of contravening a domestic violence order against Darren Andrew Jackson.
Jackson was the respondent in a protection order made in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on February 7. The court heard that at 1.18pm on August 10, police attended a disturbance at a Cannonvale address involving Jackson and the aggrieved. The 39-year-old admitted grabbing the aggrieved during an argument that became heated. He received a $220 fine but no conviction was recorded against him for the offence.
Valda Joy Lawson pleaded guilty in writing to charges of driving a vehicle that was unregistered, uninsured and with cancelled plates. Police checks revealed the registration expired on May 24 and the plates were auto-cancelled on August 24. Lawson said in her letter that she was unaware of this. She received an $880 fine.
Justin Ian Mackenzie pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing dangerous drugs. At 9.30am on September 18, detectives from the Whitsunday Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) executed a search warrant at Mackenzie’s address finding cannabis seeds in clip seal bags in his bedroom. The 22-year-old father-to-be said he was given the seeds by a friend some years ago and had forgotten about them. He was placed on a $400, four-month good behaviour bond, conditional upon attending a drug diversion course on November 5.
Fined and disqualified
Michelle Ann Maynard was fined a total of $770 and disqualified from driving for five months after pleading guilty to disobeying the speed limit and drink-driving.
At 2.48pm on October 7, Maynard was caught driving at 115km per hour in a 100km zone on the Bruce Highway at Foxdale.
She was breathalysed and blew 0.118 per cent.
A previous offence in 2011, led to an aggravated penalty for George Stewart Meharry who pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge.
At 8.07pm on September 27, Meharry was intercepted while driving a white vehicle on Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale. He admitted consuming six full-strength beers from 4-7.30pm and returned a BAC reading of 0.103. He was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for seven months.
A public nuisance charge against Jeff Michael Norris was dealt with in his absence. The court heard that at 7.55pm on October 12, police were contacted by members of the public who saw Norris walking up the middle of the road on a street in Airlie Beach. Police found and spoke to the 27-year-old, from NSW, who became agitated and began yelling, swearing and waving his arms. He was fined $550 and a conviction was recorded for the offence.
No future in drugs
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist told Aiden James Quick that there was no future in drugs.
The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs, and possessing drug-related utensils and items used in the commission of crime.
At 7.15am on October 7, police executed a search warrant at Quick’s Cannonvale address finding a grinder, homemade water pipe and a quantity of cannabis. He received a $550 fine.
Joanne Reeves was fined $110 after pleading guilty to contravening a police direction.
At 7.20pm on July 6, the 42-year-old was issued with a requirement to attend the police station within seven days to provide her identity details.
On October 6, she attended the Proserpine station, saying she simply forgot.
Fined for public nuisance
Charges of committing a public nuisance offence and obstructing police against Mark Geoffrey Roper were dealt with in his absence.
Roper received one $770 fine and no convictions were recorded. The facts of the matter were not read out in open court.
A man who was found with handcuffs similar to those used by law enforcement personnel received a $660 fine.
Jamie Edmond Sawyer was not present in court to answer the charge of possessing a restricted item, which was dealt with in his absence.
At 2am on October 7, police saw Sawyer sitting in his red Holden utility parked at Coconut Grove, Airlie Beach. He consented to a search of the vehicle, which was where the handcuffs were found.
A conviction was recorded against him and the property was declared forfeit.
A woman who blew .052 pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge. Sarah Marie Scoles was caught driving a red Ford Falcon on Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, at 7.55pm on October 4. The 29-year-old admitted consuming two stubbies of beer from 6-7.45pm. She was fined $220 and disqualified from driving for one month.
Shannon John Sesuru said he had no knowledge of the night when he committed a public nuisance offence. At 4am on October 12, police saw the 26-year-old walking down Shute Harbour Road in the Airlie CBD.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells said Sesuru yelled at them, “gave them the finger” and became abusive. A search of his person was conducted and an opened bottle of Corona was found down the front of his trousers.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said Sesuru had invited police into his life that night.
Sesuru received a $550 fine but no conviction was recorded against him for the offence.
Vicki Joy Thompson was caught driving over the general alcohol limit on Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale, at 4.20pm on September 29. The 32-year-old came to the attention of police for exiting the BIG4 holiday park without stopping as per the designated road rules. She admitted consuming a schooner and pot of beer from 1-3pm. Her BAC reading was .050. She said she was regretful for the incident. She was fined $220 and disqualified from driving for one month.
Selena Jean Thomson pleaded guilty in writing to possessing drugrelated utensils and driving a defective vehicle without displaying her P plates.
Thomson was seen driving on Waterson Way at 9pm on October 4. Police checks revealed she was the holder of a P1 licence but the vehicle had no plates attached. Police also noticed a vertical crack down the middle of the windscreen and found a bowl containing the remnants of what was suspected to be cannabis inside the car
The 21-year-old Riordonvale resident received a $550 fine but no conviction was recorded on either count.
Drugs and a knife
Sonney Anthony Wallace pleaded guilty to one count of possessing dangerous drugs, one of possessing a knife in a public place and three counts of possessing drug-related utensils.
At 10.24am on October 8, police executed a search warrant at Wallace’s Jubilee Pocket address.
During a pat-down search, a brass pipe was found in the pocket of Wallace’s shorts.
He said he had found it while cleaning the house.
On October 10, police intercepted a red Ford Falcon utility driven by Wallace on Cannon Valley Road. On searching the vehicle, a green utensil and quantity of cannabis were found.
On October 15, Wallace was again stopped while driving his utility on Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale. This time a glass pipe and hunting knife were found.
The 38-year-old received fines totalling $1100 but convictions were not recorded against him.
A man who was involved in an altercation at a Proserpine motel on October 12, pleaded guilty to committing a public nuisance offence. Christopher Benjamin Whyte, 32, claimed he did not start the altercation and said “it’s all been sorted now”. He received a $330 fine.