COURT: See the names of the people who pleaded guilty in St George Magistrates Court last week and what their sentencing was.
COURT: See the names of the people who pleaded guilty in St George Magistrates Court last week and what their sentencing was.

COURT WRAP: Drug busts, drink drivers, offenders jailed

A DIRRANBANDI man faces seven more months in jail after he was caught stealing on the two separate occasions, which he claims was done in a drug-fuelled haze.

Trent Jason Applebee, 33 appeared via video link in St George Magistrates Court on February 18 to face two charges of stealing and one of breaching bail.

Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that on August 16, police received a call from staff at St George Machinery Centre at 10.45am which said Applebee was standing at a shelf and was seen to take a knife, walk outside and then return to put it back on the shelf.

“On September 9, at 6pm Sunshine Mitre 10 alerted police that at 3.45pm on that day the defendant was seen on CCTV to take off his jumper and backpack and put a spanner set into his bag,” she said.

AN AUSTRALIA Day Award recipient has been disqualified from driving for six months after he made “a poor decision” to drive after a few too many beers.

Alistair William Mace of St George appeared in the Magistrates Court on February 18 where he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting told the court a police patrol on the Carnarvon Highway on February 8 had intercepted Mace for a random breath test.

“The defendant told police he had been drinking at the Australian Hotel and had consumed a number of Great Northern mid-strength beers,” she said.

“A breath analysis determined the defendant had a blood-alcohol content of 0.167.”

A ST George woman who was found in possession of methylamphetamine and a syringe was delivered a suspended sentence of six months jail when she appeared in St George Magistrates Court.

Maria Joanne Turnbull, of St George, pleaded guilty on February 18 to one charge of failing to properly dispose of needle and syringe and one of possessing dangerous drugs.

Police Prosecutor Sgt Heather Whiting told the court police, after a search on January 28, found Turnbull with four grams of methylamphetamine and a needle and syringe in her possession.

A DIRRANBANDI man has been convicted and fined $900 for four drug-related charges when he appeared in St George Magistrates Court.

Corey John Webb pleaded guilty on February 18 to two charges of possessing utensils or pipes that had been used in connection with the administration, consumption or smoking of a dangerous drug; one charge of possession of dangerous drugs; and one of possessing utensils or pipes for use in the commission of a drug offence.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that on November 23, police stopped the defendant at an intersection and during a search of his car police found 100g of marijuana.

Another search at a later date uncovered utensils.

A MUNGINDI woman who mixed up the dates when her demerit points would be cleared was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for six months for driving when she appeared in St George Magistrates Court this week.

Peta Barbette Debney, of Mungindi, pleaded guilty on February 18 to driving without a licence which was suspended due to accumulated demerit points.

Police Prosecutor Sgt Heather Whiting said that on January 16 at 3pm, police were conducting a patrol of Mungindi and intercepted the defendant’s vehicle.

“Officers found the defendant’s licence had been suspended until January 29 due to accumulated demerit points in October 2019.”

Solicitor Ross Finlayson said Ms Debney believed her suspension had finished.

A MOTHER of eight children who owes the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) $13,000 was told to stay away from people who use drugs and to do the right thing by her children after facing the St George Magistrates Court on three drug-related charges.

Nina Christina Weribone, 36, of St George, pleaded guilty on February 18 to one charge of possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence, one charge of possessing utensils or pipes that had been used, and a charge of possessing dangerous drugs.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting said on January 16, 2020, police executed a search warrant on the defendant’s home.

“During the search police located a small amount of chopped marijuana and a plastic milk bottle formed into a bong on a table,” she said.

“Scissors, which appeared to have been used to chop the cannabis, were also on the table.”

A 61-YEAR-OLD invalid pensioner has been disqualified from driving for eight years and warned to stay away from both alcohol and cars after facing St George Magistrates Court.

Ernie Albert Peterson, 61, of St George, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, February 18, to one charge of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor and one charge of driving a motor vehicle while disqualified.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting said that on November 1, 2019, at 7.40pm, a police patrol on Arthur St saw a vehicle swerve across the road before it turned into Bowen St.

“When approached by police the defendant said ‘you got me, I’m drunk’; on investigation officers found Peterson had been disqualified from driving on March 23 2019,” she said.

“The defendant told officers he knew he was drunk and was just getting his car home.”

A ST George man has been warned he will be spend time behind bars if he descends into drug use again.

David Matthew Weribone fronted St George Magistrates Court on February 18 facing a charge of failing to properly dispose of a needle and syringe.

Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court at 7pm on January 9, police conducted a search of a residence and found a single use syringe in Weribone’s bedroom.

A 21-year-old St George man who was drunk and lashing out at the world has been sentenced to 12 months jail.

Kyle Draper, 21 of St George, faced St George Magistrates Court on February 18 on 11 charges.

On this occasion, he pleaded guilty to two charges of wilful damage, one charge of breaching bail conditions, one charge of attempting to enter a dwelling with intent – domestic violence offence, one charge of contravention of a domestic violence order (aggravated offence) and one charge of wilful damage – domestic violence offence.

Earlier, on August 20, 2019, Draper had entered guilty pleas to two charges of wilful damage, committed on July 11; one charge on wilful damage on July 22; one charge of driving under the influence of alcohol while not a holder of a licence; one charge of driving without a licence; and one for possessing marijuana.

Police Prosecutor Sgt Heather Whiting said that between July 11, 2019, and January 10, 2020, Draper committed five wilful damage offences.

“He threw rocks and damaged a Queensland Police Service vehicle, Queensland Ambulance Service vehicle, Goondir Health Services business, Cobb & Co Hotel and a Department of Housing residence,” she said.


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