Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court

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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”.

Public nui­sance

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.

Public uri­na­tion

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.

Drink driv­ing

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.

Dis­qual­i­fied again

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.

Re­lease con­di­tions

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.

Drug of­fences

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.

Re­fused en­try

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.

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