Shock over jail time

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

“ARE you se­ri­ous?” Damien Scott Burmeis­ter cried out in shock as he was taken to jail by four police of­fi­cers.

Burmeis­ter had to be re­moved from Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day af­ter learn­ing he was go­ing to jail due to pos­sess­ing looted prop­erty fol­low­ing Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Prose­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said a police search of a Can­non­vale ad­dress on May 3 about 9.50am re­vealed a large black garbage bag con­tain­ing two sports watches. The watches were re­port­edly looted from Can­non­vale store In­ter­sport dur­ing the cy­clone.

Burmeis­ter was later ar­rested and told police he had found some items, in­clud­ing the watches, un­der his house im­me­di­ately af­ter TC Deb­bie when he went to in­spect his prop­erty.

The 37-year-old gave two of the watches to a woman, who was also charged from the in­ci­dent.

Duty lawyer El­iz­a­beth Smith said Burmeis­ter had sus­pected some­one of steal­ing the items and had con­tacted them to get them but did not con­tact police.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young called Burmeis­ter’s ac­tions an “egre­gious crime against the com­mu­nity”.

Burmeis­ter was sen­tenced to six months im­pris­on­ment with a pa­role re­lease date of Au­gust 12.

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