How Facebook post landed Coast man in court
A MAN who tried to sell a stolen necklace worth $2500 on Facebook, with the price tag still attached, has been fined $500.
Kale-Anthony Zerafa today pleaded guilty to possessing tainted property, as well as possessing drugs and drug utensils, after police saw him advertising the chain for sale on a Facebook page.
The gold chain had been stolen from Selig Jewellers on Bulcock St, Caloundra, on June 20.
Police prosecutor Rick Pallister told Maroochydore Magistrates Court Zerafa was holding the chain when police searched his Tanawha caravan on June 26.
"When questioned by police the defendant stated the chain was handed to him by a person he did not wish to name; he stated that he was owed money and the chain was given to him as insurance for the debt," Sgt Pallister said.
"He stated he was hoping to sell the chain for about $1500 on Facebook but was happy to get $800.
"He stated he thought it could have been stolen but that he was happy to take possession of it because he was owed money."
During the search of Zerafa's home police also found about 1g of ice (or methamphetamine), a glass pipe, 12 strips of suboxone - a prescription drug used to treat opiate addiction - digital scales and numerous empty clip-seal bags.
Sgt Pallister said Zerafa told police all the items were his, that he used ice socially and that he used the scales to make sure he was not being ripped off when he bought the drugs.
Solicitor J McDonald said Zerafa, 27, was looking for work and his family had an income of about $470 per week, and spent more than two thirds of that on rent each week.
He said Zerafa had cooperated with police, and while he did have a history of drug use, violence and dishonesty, he said it only dated back to 2013.
Magistrate Rod Madsen said Zerafa had just served a prison and probation sentence of 15 months for drug offending in Rockhampton.
"It didn't do you any good. Here you are using drugs again and trying to dispose of other people's property," he said.
He fined Zerafa $1300 for the three offences.