Proserpine Magistrate’s Court
Taking a gamble
PETER John Bonham took more than a gamble when he stole from his employer on January 20.
On this day the 35-year-old local was working in the Thirsty Camel Bottle Shop beside the Airlie Beach Hotel when a female customer challenged him to a gambling game at 4.46pm. Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said Bonham played the coin game with two cash sums of $100 taken from the register, which he subsequently lost. He also gave the woman two Heineken gift packs, taking the total outlay to $265.96.
Ms Smith said he then tried to cover up the fact there was money missing from the till by making four ‘no sale’ transactions.
It was several weeks later that management noticed stock discrepancies and viewed CCTV footage from that day.
On February 4, Bonham admitted what he’d done, telling police he regretted his actions and panicked.
On Monday he told the court he always intended to pay the money back but hadn’t had an opportunity since then.
“I don’t dispute it was a very stupid thing to do and a moment I wish I could take back but I know I can’t,” he said.
Bonham said his actions had already cost him greatly.
“It’s cost me my family,” he said, begging magistrate Ron Muirhead not to record a conviction for an offence that would most likely affect his future employment opportunities and impact on his ability to provide for a young child.
Mr Muirhead fined Bonham $500 and ordered him to pay $265.96 in restitution. He agreed not to record the conviction but said “I’m probably stretching the law to the limit here”.
STEPHEN John Fenn pleaded guilty to a charge of trespassing in a Proserpine yard on October 11.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said it was 9pm when Fenn pulled up outside the address causing the occupants to run to the gate and close it.
She said he pushed the gate “with force” damaging it and a pot plant.
He allegedly then swore at the occupants who ran inside, locked the door and called police. The 20-year-old was arrested on October 17.
Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said the trespass charge was part of a set of eight handed up to a higher court. She said all but one of the charges did not proceed with one matter finalised and this now the only charge still outstanding.
Ms Meade said there had been “a lot of animosity” between the complainant and Fenn and on the night in question “things flared up”.
“It was just nasty Your Honour,” she said.
Fenn was fined $400.
CODY D’Arcy Gallop was lucky not to have convictions recorded for offences of midrange drink-driving and exceeding the safe carrying capacity of his car.
At 11pm on March 6, police noticed his car speeding along Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach. He was pulled over and breathalysed on Waterson Way, returning a reading of 0.116 per cent. He told police he’d drunk six stubbies of Summer Beer at a private residence between 4 and 10.40pm that night.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said a woman was sitting in the passenger seat of the car with another man lying down behind them. She said the car only had seating capacity for two.
Defence solicitor Sherrie Meade said Gallop was planning to travel to Canada for work and even a traffic conviction for a reading of over 0.08 would ruin his plans.
She asked magistrate Ron Muirhead not to record convictions and although he noted it was “highly unusual”, he complied with the request.
Gallop was fined a total of $1100 and disqualified from driving for six months.
Too much to drink
SHANON Luke Wilson was told he’d “probably had too much to drink” on the night he contravened a move-on direction issued by police.
The 34-year-old local was involved in a disturbance at the Airlie Beach McDonald’s at 9.50pm on February 21.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said when police arrived he told them “it’s me you’re here for”. She said when given an official moveon direction he refused to comply. He was fined $200.