Proserpine Magistrate’s Court
and homemade water pipe.
Duty lawyer Antoinette Morton said Clarkson had a history of drug offending for which he previously received fines. She said the 22-year-old had fallen back into cannabis use after the death of a friend.
Under the circumstances, magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist agreed to impose an 18-month probation period, but with a drug-testing condition and stern warning attached.
“If your consent to probation is just to avoid someone talking about imprisonment, you’re going to fail,” he said.
“You’ve got a real arm-wrestle ahead of you with respect to abstaining [from drugs].”
Brazilian born Goerolt Wilson Dambros, said he had no recollection of the events that led to a charge of common assault.
At 4.50am on July 26, police were flagged down by security guards at the Airlie Beach McDonald’s. Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said Dambros, 25, had punched another man outside the restaurant after security guards escorted him out. She said the victim crashed into another patron who was sitting nearby.
Dambros, a New South Wales-based business student, who was working on Hayman Island during his holidays, told duty lawyer Antoinette Morton he was very intoxicated at the time. Ms Morton said he had apologised to the complainant since.
“One punch – we all know what the outcome can be,” magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist warned.
Dambros was fined $880 but no conviction was recorded for the offence.
Bayden Fairfax Alexandra Dehar pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle that was unregistered and uninsured, while he was also unlicensed. Dehar was seen driving a blue Ford Laser hatchback with no registration plates on Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale, at 11am on July 9. He was intercepted by police after turning onto Tropic Road, where he produced a New Zealand driver’s licence. Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said checks revealed he had lived in Australia for about two years but had never held a Queensland driver’s licence. Dehar told police the vehicle belonged to a friend and he was not aware it was unregistered and uninsured. He was fined $440.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist formed what he described as a “fair suspicion” about Tiron Ardin Ferguson’s activities relating to drugs.
The 38-year-old Airlie Beach resident was detained by police at the Burpengary Shopping Centre where he was seen acting in an agitated manner near the Commonwealth Bank. On searching him, police found a mobile phone containing messages believed to be related to the sale of drugs. Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said the messages contained wording consistent with terms used to describe quantities of methylamphetamine.
Ferguson refused to take part in an interview with police and had nothing to say in his defence in court, although he pleaded guilty to possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence.
He was fined $550.
A woman who was found with cannabis at a suspected drug lab crime scene was given the benefit of drug diversion for the second and last time.
At 6.15pm on July 28, police were attending the alleged drug lab scene at a property in Airlie Beach where Jessica Judith Murphy had been staying for a short time.
The 27-year-old’s handbag was searched and 2.5g of green leafy material determined to cannabis was found.
Duty lawyer Antoinette Morton pleaded that Murphy saw no drug production “or anything else” and asked for drug diversion to be applied.
“Ms Murphy, you have attended a drug diversion [session] before,” magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said, adding, “this is the second time and last time.”
Murphy was placed on a four-month, $440 good behaviour bond conditional upon attending the session at a nominated date.
Just having fun
A man who was caught driving an unregistered, uninsured quad bike on a road, without wearing a helmet, told police he was “just having some fun with friends”.
Michael Alan O’Hanlon pleaded guilty to these charges and that of contravening a police direction, via a phone link-up with the Capricornia Correctional Centre, where he is currently in custody on unrelated matters.
The court heard that on October 30, 2013, police received information from a member of the public about two men riding trail motorcycles on the road at Funnel Bay. Two quad bikes were intercepted on Jasinique Drive, where it was also noted that O’Hanlon was not wearing a helmet. The 32year-old told police he did not have his licence with him and he initially gave them a false name and address. Further checks revealed his true identity and the fact that the quad bike was neither registered nor insured.
For the driving offences, O’Hanlon was fined $440 and for contravening a police requirement he received a $220 fine.
Further charges of possessing dangerous drugs and drugrelated utensils were contested and adjourned to August 25, with O’Hanlon to remain in custody until this date.
Act of desperation
A 30-year-old woman who stole from two shops has been dealt a $660 fine. Allana Reumer was caught stealing a fivepack of Billabong socks from the Beachworx store at Centro Whitsunday at 2pm on July 9. Just half an hour later she was also caught stealing two Ninja Turtle onesies, two FM digital receivers, one FM car audio connector and three birthday cards from the nearby Big W store.
On each occasion the mother- of-two told police she was not receiving child support and could not afford to pay for the items she stole. Duty lawyer Antoinette Morton said it was Reumer’s son’s birthday the next day and this was “an act of desperation” on her part.
Shannon Valentine West was given the benefit of drug diversion after pleading guilty to charges of possessing dangerous drugs and drug-related utensils.
At 5.15am on July 20, police were called to a room at the Airlie Beach Hotel where the 31-year-old was found with 1.1g of cannabis and a homemade water pipe. He was placed on a $440, four-month good behaviour bond, conditional upon attending a drug diversion session on a nominated date.