Proserpine Magistrate’s Court
Unregistered and uninsured
Paul Anthony Berger pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle that was unregistered and uninsured. The 47-year-old local resident was caught driving a white Toyota Hiace van at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Abell Road at 6pm on March 20. Police checks revealed the van had not been registered since May 28, 2008. It was also uninsured. Berger told police he had no idea of this and always paid his bills when they arrived in the mail. In court on Monday he said Queensland Transport had sent the renewals to the vehicle’s previous owner who had failed to forward them to him. He received a $440 fine.
Terry Anthony Broad told police he was unaware his licence had been suspended. The 33-year-old Cannonvale resident was caught driving at 118km per hour in a 100 zone on the Bruce Highway at Yalboroo on March 19 at 10.30am. Police checks revealed his driver’s licence was suspended from January 1-March 31, due to the accumulation of demerit points. In court on Monday, Broad said he went overseas for Christmas and did not return until February 16. “I just wasn’t aware,” he said. Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist pointed out that Broad had accumulated 21 points in the last three years, with 15 of those in the last 10 months. With this in mind he questioned how he could possibly say he was unaware.
“That’s what people do – they always come to the bar table and say they didn’t get the letter – because you don’t want to get the letter,” he said.
Broad was fined a total amount of $550 and disqualified from driving for six months.
Darren William Goodhew was told that history was repeating itself when he appeared in court on Monday charged with drink-driving, while his licence was demerit-point-suspended.
Goodhew blew 0.123 after he was intercepted for a random breath test on Midge Point Road, Bloomsbury, on March 14. Police checks revealed his licence was suspended on February 28 for three months, due to an accumulation of demerit points. Goodhew told police he contacted Queensland Transport just three days previously in an attempt to organise a good behaviour option. Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said he never received the notification that the suspension would definitely go ahead.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said these were almost identical circumstances to an incident in 2008. He fined Goodhew $770 and disqualified his licence for nine months.
David William Haines was fined $990 after pleading guilty to possessing and producing cannabis and possessing a waterpipe. At 8.40am on March 26, police executed a search warrant at Haines’ Strathdickie address where he handed over a clip seal bag containing 5g of cannabis and a glass water pipe. A search was conducted, during which police found seven cannabis plants in the back yard and a further 13 in the front, beside a set of irrigation pipes. Haines admitted ownership of all the items and said he used the cannabis to help him sleep. Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said the 61-yearold had never been in court before.
Courtney Victoria Harbers was fined $660 and disqualified from obtaining a licence for five months after pleading guilty to driving while over the general alcohol limit while she was also unlicensed. The 28year-old was caught behind the wheel of a white Volvo sedan on Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, at 1am on March 22. She admitted drinking one glass of vodka and two glasses of red wine between 6 and 11pm on the previous night. Her BAC reading was 0.122 per cent. Harber was unable to produce a driver’s licence at the time and told police she had never held one. In court on Monday, magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist asked her why.
“I never needed one,” she said.
Dates mixed up
Samuel Deane McNaughton said he failed to attend a court-ordered drug-diversion session because of a mix-up over dates. The 22-year-old was scheduled to take part in the drug-diversion program at 11am on March 3, but the court heard he failed to show up. “I’m a little bit dyslexic and I got my dates mixed up,” he said. He received a $330 fine.
A 23-year-old tourist from Andora was not present in court to answer a charge of public nuisance which was dealt with in his absence. At 3.30am on March 16, police in the Airlie CBD were called to assist security guards at a licensed premises, where Miguel Angel Ruiz Pintor had been evicted due to his level of intoxication and unruly behaviour. Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells said police explained the lock-out rules to Pintor, who replied by saying, “who is this Queensland law” and “who says I can’t go back in”. Ms Cassells said a little while later, Pintor approached police using his mobile phone as a recording device, again asking “who is this Queensland law” and “who is this direction, why must I do what you say”. She said members of the public were seen shaking their heads in disbelief. Pintor received a $550 fine.
A former teacher and one-time principal found himself before the court on Monday, charged with possessing a drug-related utensil. At 9am on March 25, police executed a search warrant at the Jubilee Pocket home of John Francis Sim. During the search they found a Powerade bottle with a hose and cone-piece attached. Sim reportedly told police he used the pipe to smoke weed, which he described as medicine. Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said Sim had been self-medicating with cannabis but was now receiving the appropriate help and finding life a lot more enjoyable without it. He received a $330 fine.
Fail to attend
Jason Christopher Wills pleaded guilty to contravening a police direction. On March 14 he was issued with a notice requiring him to provide his identification details at the police station within seven days. By March 24 he had failed to attend. The 33-year-old received a $330 fine.