Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court

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No rec­ol­lec­tion

Traf­fic tri­fecta

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.

Fair sus­pi­cion

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.

Last chance

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.

Drug di­verted

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.

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