News

Young co-accused couple vandalise car in rampage

A YOUNG Gladstone couple who teamed up in a loud, abusive rampage of a woman's house sat quiet and solemn in a courtroom yesterday.

Co-accused Danielle Tiffany Geary and partner Benjamin Scott Sullivan-Hebblewhite pleaded guilty in the Gladstone Magistrates Court to one count each of wilful damage, and one count each of entering a premises with intent to commit an indictable offence.

The court heard at about 3pm on January 3 last year, Geary and Hebblewhite attended a Tannum Sands residence on Macedon St, where the victim, three young children and a male friend were located

The court heard the victim was upstairs in her bedroom, when she heard loud knocking at the front door downstairs.

The victim walked towards the staircase leading to the front door when her sister came running up the stairs crying, looking "absolutely terrified" the court heard.

The victim then walked halfway down the stairs to see who was at the door, only to be greeted by the abusive and yelling duo of Geary and Hebblewhite, who had walked into the house.

She told officers both of them had "threatening" looks on their faces.

The court heard the victim dropped her phone on the stairwell as she turned around and ran back upstairs, scared for her sister and children.

The victim and her friend told Geary and Hebblewhite to leave, however, Geary picked up the victim's dropped phone from the staircase and threw it at the tiles, attempting to break it.

The court heard Geary picked up the phone, and on her way out of the residence, threw it in the pool.

The court heard while the victim was on the phone to police, she heard a loud bang at the front of the house, where her car was parked.

Once Geary and Hebblewhite left, the victim went outside to check her car, only to find it had been scribbled with phrases included "I'm a sh*t talking sl*t".

There was also damage done to the front right bumper, the result of Hebblewhite throwing a full water bottle at it, the court heard.

In an interview with police he said it was one of the large office-type water coolers, and it was full.

He told officers, "If you're going to do something, why not do it properly?"

Defence lawyers for both defendants Cassandra Ditchfield said her clients were over-emotional, after a long-standing argument between the victim and the defendants came to an ugly head.

Ms Ditchfield said Hebblewhite's brother had dated the victim, and that was how they all knew each other.

She said the victim had been taunting Geary through abusive Facebook messages, and the pair wanted to put an end to it.

"But they understand now that the most intelligent thing they could have done was to turn the other cheek to the rumours and stories that the victim was spreading about them," she said.

Gladstone Magistrate Melanie Ho fined Geary $1000, and ordered her to pay $1000 in restitution for the victim's phone.

She ordered Hebblewhite to also pay a $1000 fine.

Restitution for damage to the car was not sought by the victim.

A conviction was not recorded for Geary, however her partner was not as lucky, given he had a criminal history.

Topics:  gladstonecourt



8 things you didn't know you could do at North Straddie

NORTH Stradbroke Island is the perfect getaway whether you plan to stay for a day, a week or even a month.

A whisky-lover's blueprint to Brisbane's best bars

Check out The Gresham for some old-school fine drops.

SCOTCH, Whiskey and Whisky; it all gets a bit confusing.

Your guide to the best Brisbane markets

Enjoy the beautiful offerings of one of Brisbane's many markets.

WHO doesn’t love a good market!?

Ain’t no mountain high enough

No Caption

Brisbane's dishing up the mountain-hiking goods!

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

The Gresham's charm will win you over before your first sip.

THESE are the perfect places to hang this winter.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Boyne Valley Flooding: Resident sick of being 'ignored'

The picturesque Boyne Valley

A Boyne Valley resident says the area's flooding is being ignored

Politicians ducking for cover in light of Deepwater road upgrade

The current track through Deepwater National Park.

Council is looking at options to link Baffle Creek and Agnes Water

WATCH LIVE STREAM: Local gun plays for Open Heelers today

WATCH LIVE STREAM: Country Heelers take on the Queensland Premier President's Team today at 3pm.

Watch live stream of Gladstone gun play for the Country Heelers

Local Partners

Arrival of NDIS, community called to act on 'social responsibility'

GCLA launches newest social enterprise and discusses NDIS arrival, calling community to act on its social responsibility


Bundy mum blogging to get families offline

FAMILY FUN: Deonie Crowther is holding family craft sessions at the Windmill Cafe in Bargara.

Crafty projects a hit with parents and children

Country music stars coming to Ipswich

Ipswich will get it's country on when The Country Superstars Tribute Show hits town on Friday, June 30 at Brothers Leagues Club.

A UNIQUE tribute show will bring a bit of country into the city.

Shoes make difference to kids in Zambia

MANY SHOES: Toowoomba Grammar School's Adrian Irwin and Fairholme College's Libby Stumer with shoes collected for children in Zambia.

Students are making a difference, creating a new project

Prince Harry reveals he wanted to leave the royal family

PRINCE Harry has revealed he “wanted out” as a Royal — and instead just wanted to lead an ordinary life.

Why streaming movies will cost more from July 1

Australians can expect to pay more for streaming services such as Netflix when the new taxes kick in.

The new taxes from July 1 won’t hurt the MPs’ big pay rise

What's on the small screen this week

Ryan Shelton in a scene from True Story with Hamish & Andy.

HAMISH and Andy hear another funny story and Cleverman returns.

Your guide to fun at the Mount Larcom Show this weekend

Mt Larcom show June 26, 2016.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Your guide to having as much fun as possible at the Mt Larcom Show

Bonus Bill Busters Bingo card with today's paper!

Get an extra bingo car with today's paper.

Don't miss out on your bonus card.

Digging down to find Clare

Australian actress and singer Clare Bowen, who got her big break on the US TV series Nashville, is touring Australia with her solo album.

After five years on Nashville it’s time to tell her own stories.

Gateway to $3 billion, 4800 home new Coast city opens

The start of Peter Crosby Way at Sippy Downs, the northern access into the Harmony master-planned community at Palmview.

Palmview's $3b master-planned community of Harmony

Millionaire Nathan Birch to offload $55M in property

Nathan Birch wants to focus more on developing properties.

Sydney property investor has announced he is selling up

Government 'wrong' on home buyer's grant

Fresh REIQ figures show Gladstone's median house price for the March quarter dropped 11.6% to $271,500 from the previous quarter and units fell a dramatic 30.2% to $220,000.

Property expert says grant must cover built homes to help Gladstone

Fame factor boosts property prices in Byron

The stunning Clarke's Beach in Byron Bay.

House prices surge by an incredible 39.5% in star-studded area

Grass is greener for Warwick real estate

Warwick's rural charm and affordable property prices are enticing buyers from Brisbane.

Quality houses for half the price of Brisbane attracting interest

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!