Jailed for using fake letter to avoid fine
TRYING to avoid a $450 fine has cost a man his freedom.
In March 2014, Jason William Hey was charged with illegally using a boat from the Daydream Island resort in the Whitsunday Islands.
Hey, 29, approached a friend who worked for the resort, Samantha Fewings to ask if she could help him get the charge dismissed.
On Thursday the Brisbane District Court heard Fewings agreed and tracked down a Daydream Island social club letterhead and wrote a letter claiming Hey had permission to use the boat. Hey took the letter to court and used it to get the charges dropped.
But police continued to investigate the matter and were told Fewings did not have permission to lend Hey the boat.
Police questioned her and she admitted Hey had asked her for help.
She was later charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice and given a wholly suspended fourmonth jail term.
The unlawful use of a vessel charge was reinstated against Hey, who was fined $450. He was also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice, to which he pleaded guilty on Thursday.
Defence barrister Christopher Minnery said the offence was “unsophisticated” and, unlike many attempts to pervert the course of justice, it did not involve any threats.
Judge Anthony Rafter said Hey had gone to great lengths to attempt to avoid a relatively minor charge.
He sentenced Hey to nine months jail to be suspended after he serves two months.