Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court

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Raw emo­tions

Drug di­verted

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.

Of­fender un­aware

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.

Ag­gra­vated penalty

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.

Pub­lic nui­sance

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.

Di­rec­tion con­tra­vened

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.

Re­stricted item

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.

Low read­ing

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.

No knowl­edge

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.

Guilty plea

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.

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