Not pay­ing rent on time proves costly for one man

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS COURT -

AF­TER re­fus­ing to leave his Ju­bilee Pocket ac­com­mo­da­tion, one man found out the hard way what hap­pens if you don’t pay your rent.

Robert James Adams, 42, pleaded guilty to tres­pass­ing and ob­struct­ing po­lice af­ter he re­fused to leave a room at Ju­bilee Pocket’s Trop­i­cal Rain­for­est Re­treat and, at one point, even tried to shut the door on po­lice.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said po­lice were called around 4.30pm on June 26 af­ter man­age­ment rang them about a man who would not leave one of the rooms.

“They’d been at­tempt­ing to evict him over five days and he was re­fus­ing to leave the re­treat,” Mr Berger said.

Af­ter telling po­lice he would pack and leave straight away, Mr Berger said 10 min­utes later, Adams had still not packed any­thing. Then af­ter say­ing he would pack his bags he “at­tempted to close the door on po­lice”.

Mr Berger said af­ter be­ing ar­rested Adams be­came ag­gres­sive and ar­gu­men­ta­tive and po­lice had to re­strain him.

How­ever Adams con­tin­ued to re­sist po­lice and kept pulling his arms away while they were try­ing to take him away. Even­tu­ally po­lice had to phys­i­cally take him to the con­trol car. Adams then con­tin­ued to be abu­sive un­til he was placed in a cell at the watch-house.

Duty lawyer Cleo Re­wald said Adams had been stay­ing at the re­treat since Cy­clone Debbie af­ter there was dam­age to his home.

“From time to time he had been be­hind in rent... he’s pre­vi­ously had con­ver­sa­tions with him be­ing told to leave (af­ter be­ing late with the rent) but when he paid the rent, it had ap­peared to be re­solved. He didn’t re­alise this time it was se­ri­ous,” she said.

In sen­tenc­ing Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young said he should have known how se­ri­ous the sit­u­a­tion was when the po­lice ar­rived.

“He does what he wants, when he wants, by the sound of it,” Mr Young said.

Adams was fined $1000 and con­vic­tions were recorded. He was given six months to pay the fine, which will de­fault to 11 days jail time if not paid.

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