Proserpine Magistrate’s Court
Never had a licence
Steve Douglas Austin was fined a total of $880 and disqualified from driving for two years after pleading guilty to disobeying the speed limit and driving while his licence was disqualified by order of a court.
On July 28 at 12.17pm, a green Toyota sedan was seen speeding on the Bruce Highway. The 34-year-old driver registered a speed of 117km/ hr. Checks by police officers revealed the Cannonvale man had never held a learner’s licence.
“[You’ve got] nothing to hang your hat on to say you knew you shouldn’t have been driving,” magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist told Austin in court on Monday.
Austin said he “needed to drive to keep my job”.
Richard Leslie Hockings pleaded guilty to committing a public nuisance offence. The incident occurred on August 1 in the Airlie Beach CBD. Hockings was fined $660 but no conviction was recorded for the offence.
Out of pocket
A 24-year-old Bowen man was fined $880 for offences of public nuisance and being drunk or disorderly in a licensed premises. The court heard that on July 17 at 8.45pm, members of the public observed a man screaming on the grass outside of the Jupiter’s Casino in Townsville. Security attended to Luke Daniel Smith and restrained him before he demanded to see the supervisor. Smith then attempted to punch the supervisor and also screamed and made aggressive gestures at staff. Police attended and subsequently arrested him. The court also heard the apprentice chef had a history with violence and had recently moved to the region for work. “If anyone is going to commit an alcohol related offence they do it here,” magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said.
Maddie Ann James received a $220 fine for breaching bail and urinating in public. On August 10 at 12.55am, police saw James squat down and begin urinating between Magnums and Beaches Bar, in the Airlie CBD. The court also heard that James had breached a condition of her bail, which was issued in February. A conviction was not recorded.
Alan John Tibaldi was fined $990 and disqualified from driving for 13 months after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor. On July 19 at 11.15pm, the 47year-old was found by police 70km north of Proserpine on the Bruce Highway, where he was lying on the ground next to a Kawasaki quad bike. Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said Tibaldi appeared to have urinated in his pants and was taken to hospital for examination. A blood alcohol reading taken at the hospital registered a reading of 0.186. The court heard Tibaldi had a “significant history” involving drink driving and including two offences in 1993 and another in 2008. Defence solicitor Sherrie Meade said Tibaldi “didn’t believe he was on an actual road” and often used it to ride home.
A couple of wines
On August 19 on Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale, the driver of a Toyota Landcruiser was intercepted while over the limit at 5.25pm. Terence George Lawn, was breatha- lysed, returning a reading of .078. The Victorian resident told police he had “maybe three wines”.
“It was foolish, I was wrong,” he said.
Lawn was issued a $330 fine and disqualified from driving for one month.
Disposing of a syringe
Bradley George Stevenson was found to incorrectly dispose of a syringe, resulting in a $330 fine. At 9am on August 5 police attended a room at the Proserpine Motor Lodge where a hypodermic syringe was found.
John Ian Bobongie was fined $660 and disqualified from driving for two years after he was caught driving without a licence. On August 12 police intercepted a Ford explorer in a Proserpine school zone at 9.10am. Background checks revealed the 39-year-old driver’s licence was previously disqualified on March 31 for a period of five months.
Drugs and a weapon seized
Bryce Neale Hodge was charged with several drug-related offences as well as possessing a weapon. The court heard that on August 5 at 7.15pm, a search warrant was executed at a Manooka Drive residence. A search of a motor vehicle revealed a set of electronic scales under the driver’s seat while a search of the premises produced a pipe, 1.9g of cannabis and eight live bullets. Hodge, 19, admitted he wasn’t the holder of a current weapons licence. The court heard he had been dealt with before in regards to drug possession charges. He was placed on a four-month $440 good behaviour bond, ordered to at-
tend drug diversion and fined $330.
Strip search shows syringe
Jalin Leo Sheppard Gabey was ordered to complete drug diversion following an incident that occurred on August 5. At 9am at the Proserpine Motor Lodge, police were following a separate domestic violence lead when they intercepted the 18-year-old local resident. A syringe cap fell from Gabey’s clothing, leading police to conduct a strip search, during which a syringe was found in his underpants. A conviction was not recorded.
Carl John Matheson was issued a $550 fine for contravening release conditions. On August 19 the 27year-old was detained on a domestic violence application and released shortly before midnight with a condition to not re-enter the stated premises. In the early hours of August 20, police responded to the witness’ call saying he had returned. The court heard alcohol was a factor in the incident and Matheson had spent six days in custody. Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said he had the “propensity to resort to violence” in relation to his history.
Mark Lee Richards was ordered to attend drug diversion, fined $440 and placed on a four-month $440 bond for breaching bail conditions, possessing drugs, drug-related utensils and items used in the commission of crime. The court heard that on July 28 at 3.51pm, a warrant was executed at a Lewis Street address, where 0.5g of speed, 0.5g of cannabis buds, a water pipe, a meth pipe, a mobile phone, electronic scales and a fork, were found. On August 13, the 43-year-old failed to report to police as part of his bail terms.
Jaras Robert Clive Vea Vea was fined $220 for wilful exposure following an incident on August 9. The 25-year-old from Gracemere was seen at 1.50am, streaking at the Airlie Beach Lagoon. Witnesses told police he submersed himself in the water before performing cartwheels and push-ups. The court heard he had an “extensive history of public nuisance”.
Too much partying
Zachary John Weir was issued a total of fine of $440 for two offences of contravening a direction and breaching a condition of his bail, after telling police “I just want to party”. On August 23 at 10.30pm, the 21year-old scaffolder was arrested at Magnums and taken to the watch house where he was released on bail.
Later that same day the Mackay resident was located at Down Under Bar with his shirt off. He was arrested again and transported back to the watch house where he remained in custody since Saturday.
Daniel Alexander Zderic was fined $880 after pleading guilty to charges of being refused entry to a licensed premises, contravening a police direction and obstructing and assaulting police.
On July 5, Zderic tried to re-enter Airlie’s Boom nightclub after his entry had already been refused. He was issued with an official move-on direction, which he subsequently breached. The court heard he also obstructed and assaulted a police officer.
No convictions were recorded.