Shock over jail time
“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.