Father pleads not guilty to spending son’s funeral fund
THE father of a boy killed in a car crash has pleaded not guilty to allegedly spending $2,700 of his son's funeral fund.
Eziekel Vernon Samuel Baira, 31, appeared in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Thursday where he has been charged with one count of fraud - dishonestly obtain property from others.
Police allege Baira inappropriately funds raised on a GoFundMe page to pay for his son's funeral expenses.
Baira's teenage son died on June 7 this year when the alleged stolen car he was travelling in clipped a roundabout, flipped and hit a traffic light.
The boy was among four teenagers killed.
The teen's mother and Baira's former partner, Lesley-Lee Hill has been accused of blowing $3656 of the $7000 raised by the online fundraiser on pokies, cigarettes and clothing.
Defence lawyer Margaret Crowther said Baira intended to purchase a tombstone for his son's grave, but the money from the GoFundMe never reached Baira's account.
Ms Crowther asked Magistrate Steven Mosch to adjourn the case to allow time to obtain a brief of evidence.
Mr Mosch adjourned the matter until January 28 next year.
Originally published as Father pleads not guilty to spending son's funeral fund