Lin­de­man care­taker broke trust

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A 52-YEAR-OLD for­mer Lin­de­man Is­land care­taker faced Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court last week, plead­ing guilty to un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty.

Brian Ge­orge Pear­son was one of a skele­ton staff of three who con­tin­ued to live in and look af­ter the Lin­de­man Is­land re­sort af­ter it closed six years ago, the court was told.

De­fence lawyer Bar­bara Men­delssohn said on a trip to the main­land in Novem­ber the care­tak­ers had been in­formed they were no longer em­ployed and could re­turn to the is­land to get their be­long­ings.

Pear­son had loaded his be­long­ings onto a pal­let to be trans­ported and com­pany prop­erty could be seen through the plas­tic wrap­ping.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Sergeant Han­nah Beard said the items in­cluded tools, sports equip­ment and cook­ing uten­sils, es­ti­mated to be $8900 in value.

Ms Men­delssohn told the court her client had made ad­mis­sions to steal­ing the smaller value items, how­ever, a welder worth $2500 and tele­scope were gifted to him by pre­vi­ous man­agers.

“Un­for­tu­nately his man­ager passed away and could not ver­ify this,” she said.

“He said he pur­chased the cook­ing equip­ment him­self.

“When the re­sort shut down, the ma­jor­ity of sup­plies was given to the lo­cal Lions and Ro­tary but the rest was left in fac­tory stor­age on the is­land.”

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young said Pear­son’s age and lack of crim­i­nal his­tory stood to his credit.

“I do note you have worked hard and a raised a fam­ily and this can be con­sid­ered out of char­ac­ter for you,” Mr Young said.

“These par­tic­u­lar set of ac­tions in­volves a be­trayal of trust.”

Pear­son was fined $1000, with no con­vic­tion recorded, as Mr Young said it would pro­vide a dis­pro­por­tion­ate penalty in af­fect­ing Pear­son’s new em­ploy­ment.

All items were re­turned.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FINED: A for­mer care­taker on Lin­de­man Is­land has been fined $1000 af­ter he tried to leave the is­land with items that did not be­long to him.

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