Court notes


Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

A KELSEY Creek man has been fined $440 and placed on pro­ba­tion for 18 months for breach­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der.

The fa­ther of one sent a string of emails to the ag­grieved on May 26, in­clud­ing one mes­sage that said, “I’m will­ing to get locked up for my child.”

De­fence so­lic­i­tor El­iz­a­beth Dray said the de­fen­dant was “con­trite and em­bar­rassed by his ac­tions” and re­alised the email was a “cow­ardly and undis­ci­plined way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing”.

Public nui­sance

A PAIR of South Aus­tralian men have been dealt with fol­low­ing a public nui­sance in­ci­dent on May 31.

The court heard that at 11.20pm, Jack James Lit­tle started swear­ing at po­lice while in the Air­lie Beach Safe Night Precinct. The 26-yearold was ar­rested, is­sued a ban­ning no­tice and later fined $550.

Af­ter his ar­rest, Marty Leigh Her­cules Von Stanke was also warned for swear­ing at po­lice but he con­tin­ued and be­came con­fronta­tional.

Po­lice asked the 25-yearold if he had any­thing in his pock­ets, to which he replied he had a pis­tol and could shoot them in the head.

The fish­er­man, who re­fused to co-op­er­ate through­out his ar­rest, was also is- sued a ban­ning no­tice and fined $880 on Mon­day.

Con­vic­tions weren’t recorded for ei­ther of the men.

De­tected by a de­tec­tor

BEN­JAMIN Adam Mizzi was de­tected us­ing a radar de­tec­tor on May 23 at 7.10pm on Jones St. He was fined $440.

MDMA pos­ses­sion

KANE Hober, 21, was is­sued with a four-month good be­hav­iour bond val­ued at $440 and told to at­tend a drug di­ver­sion af­ter be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of an MDMA pill.

On May 28, po­lice searched his Air­lie Beach ad­dress and found a tin in his bed­room that con­tained the pill. A con­vic­tion was not recorded.

Or­der not fol­lowed

FAIL­ING to re­port as part of his pro­ba­tion or­der landed Troy An­thony Pel­low a $440 fine on Mon­day. The or­der was also changed to in­clude manda­tory breath test­ing in which Pel­low must re­turn a zero read­ing at all times.

Traf­fic in­fringe­ments

JAC­QUE­LINE Joanna Su­san Perese, 27, was fined $1000 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for two years fol­low­ing a string of traf­fic of­fences.

On June 6 at 5.30pm, po­lice saw a black Ford Ter­ri­tory in Proser­pine and noted its reg­is­tra­tion had ex­pired on June 29 last year.

Perese told po­lice she was un­aware the ve­hi­cle was not reg­is­tered or in­sured. When asked to present her li­cence, Perese said she didn’t have it on her and pro­vided a dif­fer­ent name. Checks of her real name re­vealed she had been dis­qual­i­fied since April 10.

The lo­cal told of­fi­cers she thought her li­cence was only dis­qual­i­fied for a month.


RYAN Beck­mann was fined $110 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for one month af­ter he was caught driv­ing while SPER-sus­pended.

On May 30 at 2.15pm, po­lice noted a sil­ver Holden Com­modore and stopped it on Gre­gory-Can­non­va­l­ley Rd. Checks re­vealed the 33-yearold’s li­cence had been SPER­sus­pended since May 26.

The Mackay lo­cal told of­fi­cers he wasn’t aware of any missed pay­ments.

Traf­fic fine

DRIV­ING while SPER-sus­pended saw An­drew Philip Pren­zel fined $220 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for one month.

On May 20 at 3.25pm, the 35-year-old was stopped in Proser­pine, where checks re­vealed he had been SPER­sus­pended since Jan­uary 26.

Pren­zel didn’t ap­pear on Mon­day but his charges pro­ceeded be­fore the court.

Swear­ing at po­lice

SWEAR­ING at an un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer re­sulted in an $880 fine and a one-year ban from the Air­lie Beach Safe Night Precinct for Clint Robert Duffield.

On May 26 at 8.40pm, po­lice saw three men fight­ing at the Down Un­der Bar, Air­lie Beach. Duffield was noted to be in­tox­i­cated in the pres­ence of po­lice and de­manded to know why an of­fi­cer wasn’t in uni­form.

The 31-year-old Ju­bilee Pocket res­i­dent was sub­se­quently ar­rested.

Fined and dis­qual­i­fied

DRIV­ING an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle while SPER-sus­pended net­ted a $660 fine for War­ren James Tem­ple.

On May 30 at 9.45pm, po­lice in­ter­cepted a Nissan Navara on Midge Point Rd. Checks re­vealed Tem­ple’s li­cence had been SPER-sus­pended since April 15 and his reg­is­tra­tion had ex­pired the day be­fore.

He was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for one month.

Hit­ting a child

GARRY Wil­liam Miller has been fined $700 for hit­ting a seven-year-old boy with a back­pack.

On May 8 at 8.35am, the 47year-old was walk­ing along the street when the vic­tim’s bike brakes snapped, caus­ing him to run into Miller.

The lo­cal re­sponded by hit­ting the child twice with a back­pack, which was wit­nessed by another mem­ber of the public.

Miller at­tended the Whit­sun­day po­lice sta­tion later that day and ad­mit­ted hit­ting the child.

Duty lawyer Lach­lan YgoaMcke­own told the court Miller had re­cently un­der­gone shoul­der surgery. He said Miller was struck sud­denly and was very sur­prised, caus­ing him to re­act.

A con­vic­tion was not recorded.

Fam­ily feud

A LO­CAL pain­ter has been fined $660 for public nui­sance and breach­ing bail con­di­tions.

On May 1 at 10.15pm, po­lice at­tended the Air­lie Beach main street in front of Mag­nums, where Ni­cholas Alexan­der Mee­han was seen in a fist fight with another man.

Po­lice broke up the fight but the 24-year-old punched a light post on the other side of the road. Po­lice found Mee­han cov­ered in blood and ar­rested him. He was re­leased from the watch-house and told to at­tend at a later date but failed to com­ply.

Mee­han was fined $220 for breach­ing bail con­di­tions and $440 for cre­at­ing a public nui­sance.


AMANDA Marie Hume was told to at­tend drug di­ver­sion and is­sued with a $440 four-month good be­hav­iour bond for drug of­fences.

On May 12, po­lice searched a Can­non­vale home at 7.45pm, where the 29-yearold de­clared a pipe and po­lice found cannabis in a bowl on a com­puter desk.

Duty lawyer Lach­lan YgoaMcke­own said the cannabis was “for self-med­i­ca­tion”. A con­vic­tion was not recorded.

Tainted prop­erty

TREVOR John Hamil­ton was caught in the pos­ses­sion of a dig­i­tal cam­era and two touch­screen com­put­ers that had been stolen.

On Jan­uary 22 at 9.25am, po­lice searched a Ju­bilee Pocket ad­dress. The 37-yearold fa­ther of three later said he was given the items in an of­fer too good to be true.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist noted Hamil­ton had a history be­fore the court. He was fined $1100 for pos­sess­ing tainted prop­erty.

Swap can’t save driver

A SUS­PENDED driver who tried to fool po­lice by swap­ping seats with a pas­sen­ger has been fined $220.

Si­mon Daniel Walker, 26, was charged with driv­ing with­out a li­cence due to de­merit-point sus­pen­sion.

On May 31 at 6pm, po­lice saw a Ford Fal­con ute driv­ing on Herbert St, Proser­pine.

Po­lice pulled the ve­hi­cle over on Telia St, at which point of­fi­cers saw Walker and a pas­sen­ger swap seats.

Of­fi­cers ap­proach­ing the ve­hi­cle noted Walker putting on his seat­belt. When asked why they swapped seats, Walker didn’t re­ply.

He was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for six months.

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