News

Man denies he stole $45,000 from woman he met online

A CENTRAL Queensland man denies he stole $45,000 from someone he met on a dating website.

Electrician Ian Wesley Ramsay faces a fraud charge after he allegedly hooked up with a woman on internet dating website Plenty of Fish.

It is alleged he built up a relationship with the woman until he was able to persuade her to give him her life savings of $45,000.

APN Newsdesk is unable to reveal any other information about the alleged fraud but on Tuesday Ramsay tried to convince Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Jean Dalton to release him on bail.

The Rockhampton father of two told the court, via videolink from prison, that he would plead not guilty. "The (fraud) case is not strong," Ramsay, who represented himself, said. "Not being there for my boys has been hard."

Justice Dalton refused his request for bail saying his "shocking" criminal history of 90 offences dating back to 1988 showed he had a "lawless attitude". "If you are worried about your kids you need to think about that when you're committing offences," Justice Dalton said. "Not when you're making bail applications before the supreme court."

Ramsay would have been paroled on December 21 after serving three months of a 10-month prison term for unrelated drink-driving, bail breach and obstruct police charges.

Those offences happened in Gladstone and Rockhampton between August, 2014 and May last year.

Because the fraud charge breached the parole conditions, Ramsay was not released.




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

LETTER: How I realised voting is important

What was said to me had real purpose and genuine gratitude behind it

Iconic CBD buildings featured in new public art project

Gladstone artist Geoff Head created the ten linocuts of Gladstone buildings that are now on Goondoon St.

The project aims to liven up the Gladstone CBD

Drink driver caught on the Bruce Hwy overnight

A Casino woman has appeared in court over drink driving charges.

He returned a blood alcohol reading of .102

Latest deals and offers

Panic inside Istanbul Airport

Turkish police block the road after an suicide bomb attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 28 June 2016. At least 10 people were killed in two separate explosions that hit Ataturk Airport.

Dramatic vision from inside Istanbul airport after explosin.

Public art at Goondoon St

Gladstone artist Geoff Head created the ten linocuts of Gladstone buildings that are now displayed on Goondoon St.

Gladstone artist Geoff Head explains where his idea came from to create linocuts of...

Ken cheers up Barnaby

Professor Owen Niven with deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and Ken O'Dowd.

Ken O'Dowd's slip of the tongue cheered up deputy premier Barnaby Joyce this...

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%