News

Gladstone woman dashes from Mackay motel as date fizzles

ROMANTIC hopes led an optimistic Gladstone woman to drive to Mackay to meet a lad she met online.

Sadly her dreams of romance were quickly dashed when their meeting flopped so after living in her car for a few days she booked a motel at Emu Park near Rockhampton.

The 30-year-old woman spent a couple of nights alone in her motel room but with no money left to pay she fled, leaving an unpaid bill of $490.

The Gladstone Magistrates Court was told she also did a drive-off from a Mackay service station after refuelling.

The woman pleaded guilty to committing fraud at the motel between October 24 and 28 last year; and stealing fuel at Mackay on October 10.

Prosecutor snr const Sam Pyke said the woman drove into a service station at Ooralea, walked into the station and took a jerry can.

After filling the can and her car with $80 worth of fuel she drove off.

Snr const Pyke said she told police later she had been desperate at the time.

The jerry can was worth $30.

Snr const Pyke said the woman had told the motel reception staff her boyfriend would pay when he arrived.

Instead she left without paying and when phoned by the motel staff she told them she simply forgot and would transfer the money.

However, she was then phoned multiple times but would hang up.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said the woman instructs that she had met someone online dating and decided to travel and meet.

"Unfortunately it didn't work and she had no money," he said.

Mr Pepito said she was living in her car for a while when she made the decision to book the motel room although had no money to pay.

Magistrate Mark Morrow took into account that she had very little money and ordered her to complete 12 months supervised Probation.

He ordered her to pay full restitution to the motel and service station.

Topics:  crime, gladstone magistrates court



Toddler 'critical', airlifted to hospital after snake bite

TODDLER in 'critical condition' after venomous snake bite.

Top 8 best fish and chips shops in Gladstone

NO SHORTAGE of places but here are the best, according to locals.

UPDATE: Man charged with 'alleged abduction' of Gladstone girl

Police in pursuit of man, Clinton

DOG squad, police units join hunt after man allegedly fled the home.

Local Partners

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

John Mayer's advice for Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes has revealed John Mayer gave him advice

Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd tie the knot

Josh Bolin marries in front of close friends and family

Marilyn Manson wants a 'nice' girl

Marilyn Manson wants a girl who understands both of his identities

Angelina turns to Depp for consolation after divorce

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their six children

Angelina Jolie is reportedly being consoled by Johnny Depp

'Flex muscles': Gladstone suburb drops $120K

BUYERS are scooping unprecedented deals by “flexing their muscles at the table”

Few bright lights for property after mining downturn

The Gladstone Regional Council wants associated LNG companies like Bechtel to be apart of the EIS housing accommodation strategy from the outset of the projects and not mid-way through.

Tannum Sands continues to write its own property success story

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Market opens as Gladstone sellers drop prices to force sale

VENDORS are dropping the price on houses to force a sale.

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual